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Richard Schoch

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Research Interests

Richard Schoch is a historian whose research encompasses theatre historiography, Shakespeare in performance, and cultural history. He recently held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2011-2014), during which wrote 'Writing the History of the British Stage, 1660-1900'. To be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, it will be the first monograph on British theatre historiography. He is also a Contributing Editor of the new Cengage Shakespeare (2017), for which he will write the critical introduction on the history of Shakespeare in performance. He has also written popular history of Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, entitled 'Shakespeare's House'.

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Achievements and Distinctions

Richard has been awarded the 2013 Oscar Brockett Essay Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and his books have been shortlisted for the Barnard Hewitt Award (ASTR) and the Theatre Book Prize (Society for Theatre Research, UK). He has been awarded fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Stanford Humanities Center, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Harry Ransom Center. He has given guest lectures at Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University, the Shakespeare Institute, the Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC), the Huntington Library, and UCLA. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the World Happiness Forum and sits on the editorial boards of Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film and Shakespeare Bulletin. He has spoken at public events for the Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Ideas, the Royal Society of Arts, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Boarding Schools’ Association and has been a regular commentator for the BBC.

Richard’s book 'The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life' (2006), written for a popular audience, has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Italian.


Richard has taught seminar and studio-based modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in performance history and historiography, Shakespeare in performance, Victorian melodrama, the history of theatre architecture, and performance criticism. He has supervised PhD students working on projects that range from theatre photography to the history of stage adaptations of 'Ivanhoe'.

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