Thomas Betteridge



Professor Betteridge worked for ten years as a professional stage and production manager before entering academia. During this time he worked at a number of theatres including the Royal Court and the Old Vic. Since becoming an academic Professor Betteridge has worked at UEA, Kingston University and Oxford Brookes University. He has been awarded a number of research grants including one from the Wellcome Trust to work with Goat and Monkey Theatre company to stage an immersive drama at Hampton Court Palace entitled A Little Neck (2009). Professor Betteridge has also been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to stage a number of early modern plays including the first modern production of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of Three Estates at Linlithgow Palace (2013). He has published numerous articles and books including Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics and Religion in the work of Thomas More (2013).

Research area(s)

  • History of the English stage
  • Performance as research
  • Theatre and Heritage


Research interests

Professor Betteridge is an expert in the history of the English stage and in particular medieval and Tudor drama. He has recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama with Professor Greg Walker. Professor Betteridge has been awarded research funding to mount a number of performance as research projects including an immersive drama entitled A Little Neck (2009) [ ] funded by the Wellcome Trust and a production of the Play of the Weather (2009) [stagingthehenriciancourt] funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which took place in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace. In June 2013 Professor Betteridge was a key member of the research team that mounted the first ever full-scale production of David Lyndsay’s play, A Satire of Three Estates [stagingthescottishcourt]. Professor Betteridge has published numerous books, chapters and articles including a new study on the work of Thomas More entitled, Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics and Religion in the Work of Thomas More (2013).

Professor Betteridge’s research interests are - the history of the English stage, performance as research, immersive and site specific drama, theatre and heritage, court performance, John Heywood, David Lyndsay, Medieval and Tudor drama, vernacular theology, Thomas More, William Shakespeare, Hampton Court Palace, Reformation culture, biomedical ethics, digital humanities, arts and enterprise.  



Professor Betteridge has taught drama at a number of universities. His current teaching is concentrated on the history of the English stage, applied drama, the plays of William Shakespeare and medieval and Renaissance acting. Professor Betteridge teaches through a combination of practical workshops, productions, lectures and seminars. The central ethos of his teaching is that to become reflective practitioners students need to experiment with different acting styles and forms drawn from the history of the stage – from Greek drama to modern immersive theatre, and from Sophocles to Sarah Kane.

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