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Professor Alan Read

Alan_ReadProfessor of Theatre

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2183

Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 6.45 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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In the 1980s Alan was director of Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop, a neighbourhood theatre based in the Docklands area of South East London, in the 1990s he worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and was Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, ( and from 1997-2006 he was Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University where he directed a five year AHRC research funded programme on performance, architecture and location exploring theatre and public ceremonial in rational housing blocks and council estates. (

Alan is a member of the Performance Research Group which he runs with his two performance colleagues in the English Department, Dr Lara Shalson and Dr Kelina Gotman.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

Alan is currently developing the work of the Performance Foundation.  As the first initiative of the Foundation, the Anatomy Theatre & Museum on the Strand was opened in October 2009 and is now running (in collaboration with the Centre for e Research at King’s) a comprehensive programme of cross-disciplinary research events with performance at their heart.

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

From October 2010 until September 2013 Alan will be working on a research project entitled 'Engineering Spectacle: Inigo Jones Past & Present Performance' at Somerset House supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. A profile piece on Alan recently featured in the College newsletter, Comment.

Alan welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.

For more details, please see Alan's full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Alan is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (Routledge: 1993/1995) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (Palgrave Macmillan: 2008/2009).
  • He is the editor of The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation (Bay Press: 1996) and Architecturally Speaking: Practices of Art, Architecture and the Everyday (Routledge: 2000). As a founding Consultant Editor of Performance Research
  • Alan Read has edited two issues of the journal “On Animals” (2000) and “On Civility” (2004).
  • Alan is currently working on a book length project tentatively titled: The Theatre & Its Poor: Performance, Politics & the Powerless. 
For a complete list of publications, please see Alan's full research profile.

Alan is currently Professor of Theatre in the English Department where he teaches the undergraduate modules Performance Philosophy and Theatre Capital and supervises PhD students. 


























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