Victorian and Edwardian Popular Stage Performance
Victorian and Edwardian Celebrity Culture
The Beerbohm Trees
Areas of expertise
My research interests are connected by a fascination with popular performances that thrilled audiences during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I write on theatre and music hall entertainment and celebrity culture during this period and am interested in performances that engaged with consumer culture, the city and metropolitan day-to-day life.
My current research is focused on the personal and professional archives of the actors Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917) and Maud Tree (1863-1937), held by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. The Trees were celebrity performers whose international stage careers reflected and moulded the cultural and social scenes of late Victorian and early Edwardian Britain. Their social and professional networks brought together figures from art, literature, politics, aristocracy and industry, groupings that reveal the dynamics behind the thriving entertainment culture of the period.