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Our Research

Royal Holloway has one of the leading departments of Drama, Theatre and Dance 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. All of our academic members of staff are 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% of our research was judged world-leading or international in quality.

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Our Research Staff


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.

Our Research Impact


The impact of our research is felt widely in academia and beyond, generating new kinds of theatre practice and dialogue about the theatre, and reaching out into the community to offer high-level theatre engagement. REF 2014 judged the studies submitted to have 'outstanding' 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 regular media appearances.

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

Centre for Asian Theatre
and Dance (CATD)


Centre for Contemporary
British Theatre (CCBT)


Platform: eJournal of Theatre Arts


Amateur Studies Research Forum

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Other Research Groups


Practice-based Research Staff


Practice-based Research Students


Archive of
Research Projects 


Recent Publications


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