Caroline Radcliffe completed her PhD at Royal Holloway. Her thesis, 'Dan Leno: cultural hegemony in the Victorian popular theatre', discussed various genres of Victorian theatre, such as burlesque, pantomime, musical comedy, music hall, melodrama and tragedy, examining the conflict between the 'legitimate' and the popular theatre, audience/performer relationships in theatrical 'territory', analysis of class and status within the text and the sensationalist nature of theatrical biography and its media representations.
Prior to her academic career in theatre, Caroline trained as a musician, touring and recording internationally and working for television and radio, specialising in historical performance practice. She has also worked extensively for theatre companies such as the Globe and Theatre in Education as well as her own more recent, award-winning, digital media performance collaborations with Spacedog UK.
Caroline is working on an article based on her research for the Lord Chamberlain's Plays Project, demonstrating the extent to which a synthesis of contemporary media influenced Victorian drama - periodicals and serialisations, paintings and prints, novels and music - creating a visual scenography and aural soundscape which demands a new reading of the texts available in the LCP collection.
Laurie Garrison researches various aspects of nineteenth-century literary, visual and theatrical culture. She was Research Assistant for the Lord Chamberlain's Plays Project from 2005 to 2007 and she has taught at various universities in the UK. She has published in the journals Victorian Literature and Culture and Literature Compass as well as a number of collections on nineteenth century culture. In addition to acting as General Editor (with Jacky Bratton) of The Lord Chamberlain's Plays Electronic Editions, she is writing a book about science, sexuality and sensation novels of the 1860s.
Jacky Bratton is a specialist in Victorian theatre and culture, and is working on a book on the making of the West End 1840-70, including therefore the period of the plays currently being catalogued. Her previous monograph was New Readings in Theatre History, CUP 2003, followed by The Victorian Clown, 2006, with Ann Featherstone, which was shortlisted for the Society for Theatre Research book prize. Most recently she has been following up a play from the Collection, Finesse, a hit at the Haymarket in the 1860s which was written by Lady Dufferin, Sheridan's granddaughter and the sister of the Hon Caroline Norton.