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Our Research


Royal Holloway has one of the leading departments of Drama and Theatre in the UK with an international reputation for the excellence of its research. We have a lively and diverse community of researchers at all stages in their careers. Our 20 academic members of staff are all active researchers, working at the cutting edge of research in many different aspects of drama, theatre and performance studies. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 86 per cent of our research was judged world-leading or international in quality.

Many research staff in the department are highly respected theatremakers and for their practice-based research. Within the department there are directors, playwrights and dramaturgs, as well as international practitioners in dance, applied theatre and puppetry. Our regular and extensive collaborations with leading artists and theatremakers working in the cultural sector, and our theatre spaces, ensure that we’re able to develop the very best of practice-based research throughout our degree programmes and in the world of professional theatre. .

Mariam1Our research impact

The impact of our research is felt widely in academia and beyond, generating new kinds of theatre practice, dialogue about the theatre and reaching out into the community to offer high-level theatre engagement to groups otherwise marginalised by mainstream theatre. REF 2014 judged all the studies submitted to have 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impacts, in terms of their reach and significance.

Our size and ambition allows us to develop our research across a range of cultures and histories of performance. The diversity of our work is shown in a lively and extensive array of books, workshops, conferences, performances, journals, papers and appearances in the print and broadcast media.

You can see details of the research interests of individual members of staff here.


The Centre for Asian Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London provides a supportive framework for research, teaching, mentoring, external consultation, performance activity, public engagement, networking and dissemination of research in this vibrant field.



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