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Lucie Sutherland

Assistant Professor in Drama, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

19th and 20th century theatre, specifically British drama texts and theatre industry practice, with particular focus upon the transition from actor manager to theatre producer in the early part of the twentieth century.

I have published articles for journals focused on these areas, as well as writing theatre reviews for the TLS. I am a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Theatre and Performance Research Association and the American Society for Theatre Research.

Outreach and Engagement

I am involved in a number of outreach and engagement activities including drama workshops for summer schools.

Teaching Summary

My teaching interests draw on research and also cover a wide chronological period; attending to forms of theatre, precise dramatic authors and theatre industry practice from the nineteenth century to… read more

Research Summary

My particular interest lies in the way professional infrastructure influences repertoire in mainstream theatre, with a particular focus on London's West End. I have published on subjects including… read more

Recent Publications

  • LUCIE SUTHERLAND, 2017. 'Mapping the Robin Hood Rifles in mid-nineteenth-century Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society 2016. 120, 143-155
  • LUCIE SUTHERLAND, 2017. 'Pushed to the limit.' A review of Edward Albee, The Goat (Harold Pinter Theatre)' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Royal Haymarket) TLS. 20-21
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE., 2016. Double style: Review of Mark B. Sandberg, 'Ibsen's Houses: Architectural metaphor and the modern uncanny' TLS.

My teaching interests draw on research and also cover a wide chronological period; attending to forms of theatre, precise dramatic authors and theatre industry practice from the nineteenth century to the present day. I am also interested in Shakespeare as performed in contemporary contexts, and this feeds directly in to much of my teaching within the School of English.

Undergraduate modules taught:

I teach at all undergraduate levels, including the following modules: Introduction to Drama, Twentieth Century Plays, Shakespeare and Contemporaries on the Stage, Screen Shakespeares.

Current Research

My particular interest lies in the way professional infrastructure influences repertoire in mainstream theatre, with a particular focus on London's West End. I have published on subjects including the emergence and influence of formal training for actors, and the altering professional status of the actress in the early twentieth century. Current work includes a critical biography of actor-manager George Alexander and an edition for the Routledge 'Fourth Wall' series: J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan'.

Past Research

From 2006-2009 I was researcher on the AHRC funded project, 'Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham 1857-1867', which resulted in journal publications on performance culture in mid-nineteenth-century Nottingham.

  • LUCIE SUTHERLAND, 2017. 'Mapping the Robin Hood Rifles in mid-nineteenth-century Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society 2016. 120, 143-155
  • LUCIE SUTHERLAND, 2017. 'Pushed to the limit.' A review of Edward Albee, The Goat (Harold Pinter Theatre)' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Royal Haymarket) TLS. 20-21
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE., 2016. Double style: Review of Mark B. Sandberg, 'Ibsen's Houses: Architectural metaphor and the modern uncanny' TLS.
  • ROBINSON, JO AND LUCIE SUTHERLAND, 2013. Congregations, Audiences, Actors: religious performance and the individual in mid-nineteenth-century Nottingham. In: EDELMAN, JOSHUA, CLAIRE CHAMBERS AND SIMON DU TOIT, ed., Performing Religion in Public Palgrave. 163-168
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2013. Female Lead: Review of Margaret Leask, 'Lena Ashwell' TLS. 30
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2010. Non-local difficulties TLS (Times Literary Supplement). 18
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2010. Class, Consensus and Repertoire at the Nottingham and Midland Counties Working Classes Industrial Exhibition. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 37(1), 56-67
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2010. Faith's fate and 'sheitel'-gate TLS (Times Literary Supplement). 18
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2008. Keep in time with the drum TLS (Times Literary Supplement). 19
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2008. Arms for oblivion TLS (Times Literary Supplement). 17
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2008. Passion back in fashion TLS (Times Literary Supplement). 18
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2007. The actress and the profession: training in England in the twentieth century. In: GALE, MAGGIE and STOKES, JOHN, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the Actress Cambridge University Press. 95-115
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2005. Review of Jeff Nunokawa, 'Tame Passions of Wilde' and Joseph Bristow, ed., 'Wilde Writings'. Journal of Victorian Culture. 149-154
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2004. Review of Edward Ziter, 'The Orient of the Victorian Stage'. New Theatre Quarterly. 396
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2004. Review of Tracy C. Davis, 'The Economics of the British Stage, 1880-1914'. New Theatre Quarterly. 292-293
  • SUTHERLAND, LUCIE, 2003. Review of Jim Davis and Victor Emeljanow, 'Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880'. New Theatre Quarterly. 293

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