Players

Our company is an informal and fluid grouping, which ranges from undergraduate students to emeritus professors. Anyone can join us for a single session or series of sessions. New participants are always welcome. We also have a number of regular players, including:

Name Selected Roles
Aisha Habib Ahmad, Undergraduate student, School of English, University of Leeds Julia (The Roman Actor), Jessica (The Merchant of Venice), Sybil (The Shoemakers’ Holiday)
Lucy Arnold, Lecturer, Department of English, University of Worcester Olivia (Twelfth Night), Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Simon Eyre (The Shoemakers’ Holiday)
Catherine Batt, Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of Leeds Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Mariam (The Tragedy of Mariam), Citizen’s Wife (The Knight of the Burning Pestle)
Martin Butler, Professor, School of English, University of Leeds Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Old Merrythought (The Knight of the Burning Pestle), Chanon Hugh (A Tale of a Tub), Volpone
David Fairer, Professor Emeritus, School of English, University of Leeds Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Polonius (Hamlet), Hieronimo (The Spanish Tragedy), Faustus
John Gallagher, Lecturer, School of History, University of Leeds Paris (The Roman Actor), Piero (Antonio’s Revenge), Faustus, Shylock
Brett Greatley-Hirsch, University Academic Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Lechery (Dr Faustus), Roger (The Shoemakers’ Holiday), Barabas (The Jew of Malta)
Fen Greatley-Hirsch, PhD student, School of Law, University of Leeds Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice), Mephistopheles (Dr Faustus), Antonio (Antonio’s Revenge), Hamlet
Sam Hardy, Undergraduate student, School of English, University of Leeds Rosencrantz (Hamlet), Lancelot Gobbo (The Merchant of Venice)
Sam Jermy, PhD Student, School of English, University of Leeds Guildenstern (Hamlet), Hippolito (The Revenger’s Tragedy), In-and-In Medlay (A Tale of a Tub)
David Lindley, Professor Emeritus, School of English, University of Leeds Old Hamlet’s ghost
Richard Meek, Lecturer, Department of English, Creative Writing & American Studies, University of Hull Feste (Twelfth Night), Bosola (The Duchess of Malfi), Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale), Hamlet
José A. Pérez Díez, Research Fellow, School of English, Leeds Ferdinand (The Duchess of Malfi), Duke (Women, Beware Women), Domitian (The Roman Actor), Vitelli (Love’s Cure)
Jane Rickard, Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of Leeds Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice), Salome (The Tragedy of Mariam), Ophelia, Duchess of Malfi
Charles Roe, PhD Student, School of English, University of Leeds Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night), Touchwood Senior (A Chaste Maid in Cheapside), Aretinus (The Roman Actor)
Jeri Smith-Cronin, PhD Student, School of English, University of Leeds Horatio (Hamlet), Michael Merrythought (The Knight of the Burning Pestle), Camillo (The Winter’s Tale)

“I’m a huge fan of Playhouse Lab. It’s fun and collegial, and it’s introduced me to plays and playwrights I’d never come across before. I’ve found it so helpful for thinking about the early modern period and its literature, but it’s also great as a place to enjoy the spirit of play.”
— John Gallagher, Lecturer in Early Modern History, School of History, University of Leeds