Staff Profile:Professor John Bull

Professor John Bull
Job Title:
Sessional Lecturer
  • Admissions officer for combined degrees
  • Combined subject course liaison
  • Research seminar coordinator
  • Widening participation coordinator
  • Timetable coordinator
  • Module convenor of British theatre; Musical theatre
Areas of Interest:

My research interests focus on modern and contemporary drama and performance, especially in Britain, and I have also published on late seventeenth and early eighteenth century British drama. My work mainly takes the form of published scholarship, but I have also directed classic and contemporary plays. In recent research I have been analysing the current status of political theatre in Britain, and I maintain contacts with many established and emerging theatre writers and practitioners whose work has intervened in contemporary social and political debates.

Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students who would like to work on such topics as contemporary British theatre, contemporary British theatre companies, and seventeenth and early eighteenth century British drama and performance. I currently supervise postgraduate work on Restoration and post-Restoration drama on the contemporary British stage. Projects I have supervised in the past include British theatre and images of the 'new Europe'.

Research groups / Centres:
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  • Bull, J. Self and Identity: Politics and Theatre in Britain, 1964-2004, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
  • Bull, J. (Ed.) British and Irish Dramatists Since World War III, vols. 1-4, Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2000-2005.
  • Bull, J. Stage Right: Crisis and Recovery in British Contemporary Mainstream Theatre, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994.
  • Bull, J. (Ed.) Howard Brenton: Three Plays; A Sky Blue Life, How Beautiful with Badges, Measure for Measure, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1989.
  • Bull, J. New British Political Dramatists, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984.
  • Bull, J. Vanbrugh and Farquhar, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.

Book chapters and journal articles

  • Bull, J. "Serjeant Musgrave dances to a different tune": John McGrath's adaptation of John Arden's Serjeant Musgrave's Dance. In: Bradby, D. and S. Capon (Eds.) Freedom's Pioneer: John McGrath's Work in Theatre, Film and Television, Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2005, 39-54.
  • Bull, J. The establishment of mainstream theatre, 1946-1979. In: Kershaw, B. (Ed.)Cambridge History of British Theatre: Volume III: Since 1895, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 326-348.
  • Bull, J. "A deal of monstrous and forced action": Joe Orton and Ben Jonson. In: Woolland, B. (Ed.) Jonsonians: Living Traditions, London: Ashgate, 2003, 137-152.
  • Bull, J. From Illyria to Arcadia: Uses of pastoral in modern English theater, TriQuarterly, 116, 2003, 57-72
  • Bull, J. What the butler did see: Joe Orton and Oscar Wilde. In: Coppa, F. (Ed.)Joe Orton: A Casebook, London & NY: Routledge, 2003, 45-60.
  • Bull, J. Tom Stoppard and Politics. In: Kelly, K. (Ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Tom Stoppard, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, 136-153.
  • Bull, J. Sir John Vanbrugh and George Farquhar in the Post-Restoration Age. In: Owen, S. (Ed.) A Companion to Restoration Drama, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001, 429-445.

See a full list of recent publications.


  • Introduction to film and theatre
  • British theatre
  • Musical theatre
  • Dissertation/Independent project supervision (BA and MA)


  • Editor of British and Irish Playwrights Since World War II, Bruccoli Clark Layman.
  • Associate Editor (Modern Drama) for the Oxford. Companion to English Literature (seventh edition).
  • Peer Assessor for the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Contact Details

+ 44 (0)118 987 5123

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