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Name: Ella Hawkins

PhD: Shakespeare Studies

Thesis Title: The significance of Jacobethanism in 21st-century stage and costume design for Shakespeare and his contemporaries



Thesis Description:

This thesis investigates how present­-day theatre designers and directors have represented the Elizabethan and/or Jacobean period(s) through design when staging plays written during this period. Particularly since Shakespeare’s Globe began staging ‘original practices’ productions in 1997, there has been a wider trend in reproducing Elizabethan/Jacobean clothing and iconography in design for productions of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The majority of productions, however, do not intend to replicate these authentically; early modern symbols and styles of clothing are often layered with those of other periods. My work focuses on such productions to explore the intentions, influences, and outcomes of practitioners’ approaches to staging Jacobethanism. How have directors and designers researched the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods, what impression do they intend to convey to an audience, and what might the audience actually read in the stage and costume design? 


Supervisors and Institution(s):  Studying at The Shakespeare Institute (part of the University of Birmingham), supervised by Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Prof. Michael Dobson


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

  • ‘Festival Book relating the wedding of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, princess of France (London, 1625): transcribed, edited and annotated text’, in Marie-Claude Canova-Green and Sara Wolfson (eds), Celebrations for the Wedding of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, 1625 (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2017). 


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • Began a 13-week placement with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as 'Research Advocate', funded by Midlands3Cities
  • Continued to conduct promptbook research for the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Presented a paper titled 'A Global Dream: The Effect of Context and Space on Tim Supple's Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006-08)' at 'Shakespeare in Performance' - a symposium organised by Sidelights on Shakespeare at the University of Warwick





Other Research Interests:

  • Stage design
  • Intercultural theatre
  • Early modern theatre practices
  • Archiving processes



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