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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 taught, convened and designed new modules for both the BA and MA degree programmes in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance. I teach on a wide range of texts and performance contexts, from Victorian comedy to contemporary new writing.

As a researcher, I write on the adaptation of texts between page, stage and screen, and on the cultural afterlives of Victorian fictional characters, authors, and other historical figures. I have published on adaptations and appropriations of Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Sweeney Todd, Dracula, Queen Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, and Joseph Carey Merrick.

My books include Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians (Palgrave, 2011) and Theatre & Empire (Palgrave, 2016). A monograph on Sherlock Holmes adaptations and contemporary theatre is forthcoming in 2017.
Departmental roles

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

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. I have just completed a book on Sherlock Holmes, adaptation and theatre in the 21st century for publication in 2017.

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

Most recent publications

Book: Theatre & Empire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 (Theatre & ... series).

Research article: ‘The Transformed Beast: Penny Dreadful, Adaptation, and the Gothic’, in Victoriographies – A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914, 6:1 (2016), pp.62-81.

Book chapter: ‘Neverending Stories?: The Paradise and the Period Drama Series’,  in Upstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey, Leggott, J. & Taddeo, J. (eds.). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, p. 67-78.

Book chapter: ‘Getting Level with the King-Devil: Moriarty, Modernity and Conspiracy’, in Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 135-146 (Fan Phenomena series).

Contact details

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

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5231

External activities


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)

Regular book reviewer for the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance and peer reviewer for scholarly journals including Adaptation and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Book manuscript and proposal reviewer for Palgrave and Oxford University Press.

My articles and blogs on popular culture have been published online in The Conversation and Journal of Victorian Culture Online.

Recent conference papers have included discussions of the many deaths of Sherlock Holmes for the Death and Culture conference at York, an analysis of the television series The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells at ESSE 2016 in Galway, Ireland, 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. I also co-organised the Death and Culture conference, hosted by TFTV, at the University of York in 2016.

External examiner for Drama, Theatre and Performance BA programmes at the University of Derby.