As one of the best equipped Studio Theatres at British University, the Wickham Theatre, named after Professor Glynne Wickham, founder of the Department and of University Theatre Studies in this country, is used for a wide range of activities.
The exploration of live performance is an important part of the way we approach the understanding of theatre. Students in all years engage in performances exploring forms and expressions in several theatrical traditions including experimental contemporary practice.
The Theatre is home to a regular programme of visiting performers and companies working at the forefront of live performance practice internationally.
The Theatre is also used extensively for research projects in a range of forms and media.
One example is its use for the Reconstruction of a Jacobean Playhouse. Developed by Professor Martin White and Theatre Designer Jennie Norman from original drawings by the celebrated Jacobean architect, Inigo Jones, a full-scale reconstruction of a 17th century Jacobean indoor playhouse, lit by candles, provides a venue for an ongoing research project, public performances, a programme of teaching, and public lectures.
The Department aims, whenever possible, to combine teaching and research activities. Second and final year students studying early modern drama with Martin White have full access to the reconstruction, to deepen their seminar study of indoor plays from the period, and as a site for their own practical exploration.