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Dr Eleanor Rycroft

Dr Eleanor Rycroft

Dr Eleanor Rycroft
BA(Sus), MA(Sus), DPhil(Sus)

Lecturer

Area of research

Practice-based research into early theatre

Cantocks Close,
Bristol, BS8 1UP
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 3315282

Research summary

I am a theatre historian of early English and Scottish drama, whose research often involves practical explorations of early modern plays. I have worked on major collaborative projects that have staged theatre in the historic sites of Hampton Court, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, and Lancaster Castle, including the AHRC-funded 'Staging the Henrician Court' and 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court'. I have a special interest in gender, especially the performance of masculinity on the early modern stage and its relationship to ideologies of manhood during the period. My work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Medieval English ...

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Biography

I was appointed Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies in September 2013 and have a special interest in practice-based research into Tudor and Stewart drama.

Following a DPhil on beards and masculinity in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, I was appointed as the Research Assistant on ‘Staging the Henrician Court’.  The project staged John Heywood’s The Play of the Weather in the Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace in order to investigate the politics of space at the court of Henry VIII.

Between 2011-12 I was Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at Lancaster University, and directed The ...

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Selected publications

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