Dr Philip Butterworth


Formerly Reader in Medieval Theatre, University of Leeds

Dean for Research, University of Leeds.

Founder member of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Taught in the Drama Department at Bretton Hall for many years.


Selected texts

Theatre of Fire: Special Effects in Early English and Scottish Theatre, Society For Theatre Research,1998.

Magic on the Early English Stage, Cambridge U.P., 2005. Winner of the David Bevington Prize.

The Narrator, The Expositor And The Prompter in European Medieval Theatre, (Ed.), Brepols, 2007.

The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography (with Joslin McKinney), Cambridge U.P., 2009.

Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre, Cambridge U.P., 2014.

European Theatre Performance Practice, 1400-1580

(ed. with Katie Normington), Ashgate, 2014.

Medieval Theatre Performance: Actors, Dancers, Automata and their Audiences (ed. with Katie Normington), D.S.Brewer, 2017.


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