Dr Benjamin Poore



 I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009 with a PhD in Drama and Theatre, having also taken my Master’s degree there. My thesis was called ‘Angry Ghosts: Staging the Victorians in British Theatre after 1968’.

Since taking up a lectureship in the Department of Theatre Film and Television at York in 2008, I have been teaching on the BA and MA courses in Theatre, with texts ranging from Victorian comedy to contemporary new writing.

Recent conference papers have included two ruminations on Bernard Shaw, adaptation and the theatre at TaPRA (2014 and 2015), a presentation on Victorian cityscapes for the Transforming Cities conference at Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany (2015), the keynote paper at the ’New Directions in Sherlock’ conference at University College, London (2014) and a paper on 21st Century Reinventions of Edward Hyde and James Moriarty for the ’Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy’ conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a researcher, I write on the adaptation of texts between page, stage and screen, and have a particular interest in contemporary playwriting on historical subjects. I have published on adaptations and appropriations of Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Sweeney Todd, Dracula, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, and Joseph Carey Merrick.

My first monograph, "Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians", was published by Palgrave in 2011. A short book on theatre and empire, and a monograph on adapting Sherlock Holmes for the stage, are forthcoming.

Departmental roles

I am currently Chair of the Board of Studies for the department.



My research interests include contemporary British historical playwriting, especially works which evoke the imperial past or the nineteenth century. I have published widely on neo-Victorian plays and performances, and adaptations and appropriations of Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction on stage and screen. At the moment I am working on an exploration of Sherlock Holmes, adaptation and theatre in the 21st century.

I welcome research proposals from students interested in British theatre and cultural history, and the relationships between theatre and history, memory, heritage and nostalgia.

Dr Benjamin Poore

Contact details

Dr Benjamin Poore
Department of Theatre, Film and Television
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5231