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William Green

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Thomas Middleton and the Adaptation of Shakespeare: Late Jacobean Politics in Print and Performance, 1616-1623.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature



  • 'Thomas Middleton's Absent Stanza: Musical Transplantation and the Textual Lacunae of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure', Theatre Notebook, 75:2 (2021) - Special themed issue: Absence. Commissioned and in preparation.
  • 'Murderous Distraction and the Downfall of the Tyrant in Thomas Middleton's The Lady's Tragedy', in Mad World, Mad Kings: Kingship, Madness, and Masculinity on the Early Modern Stage, ed. by Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021). Submitted and in press.
  • 'Review of Imagining Cleopatra: Performing Gender and Power in Early Modern England. By Yasmin Arshad. London: Bloomsbury/Arden Shakespeare, 2019', Theatre History Studies, 40 (2021). Submitted and in press.


  • 'Review of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Directed by Damian Cruden for Lunchbox Theatrical Productions) at Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 13 July 2019', Shakespeare, 16:1 (2020), pp. 100-2.
  • "'Such violent hands": The Theme of Cannibalism and the Implications of Authorship in the 1623 Text of Titus Andronicus', Exchanges, 7:2 (2020), pp. 182-99 - Special themed issue: Cannibalism.


  • '"Make Me a Christian": Henry VIIIThe Island Princess, and John Fletcher's Anti-Catholicism', Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, 7:1 (2015), pp. 1-9.



  • 'Fake News, 1624: English Corantos of the 1620s in the Drama of Thomas Middleton'. To be presented at Pulpit, Playhouse, and Page: Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Exchange in Early Modern England (University of Sheffield, 26 - 28 May 2021).
  • 'Pandemic History and the Medicine of Laughter in the BBC's Upstart Crow: Lockdown Christmas 1603'. To be presented at Pandemic Perspectives 2021: Reflections on the Post-Covid World (University of Birmingham, 20 April 2021).


  • 'Here in Vienna? Reappraising Measure for Measure's Problematic Geography'. Presented at The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 - 20 September 2020).


  • 'Shakespeare, "Our Other Shakespeare", and the Boundaries of the Middleton Canon: Rethinking Collaboration and Intertextuality from 1604 to 1606'. Presented at Shakespeare and Co.: On the Page and On the Stage (University of York, 18 May 2019).


  • '"Such violent hands": Political Cannibalism and the Implications of Authorship in the Folio Text of Titus Andronicus'. Presented at 'Bites Here and There': Literal and Metaphorical Cannibalism Across Disciplines (University of Warwick, 17 November 2018).

  • 'Macbeth's Literary Double: The Revenger's Tragedy, the King's Men, and the Trope of the Gunpowder Play'. Presented at The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 31 May - 2 June 2018).


  • '"What excellent fools religion makes of men": Looking for Popery in Ben Jonson's Sejanus'. Presented at Writing Revolutions and Revolutionary Writing (University of Birmingham, 23 June 2015).


  • 'Critiquing Religious Conflicts: Henry VIIIThe Island Princess, and John Fletcher's Anti-Catholicism'. Presented at Literature and Conflict (University of Birmingham, 20 June 2014).

Public Engagement & Impact


  • Invited seminar: 'Printed News and the Public Sphere: How Thomas Middleton Rewrote Shakespeare's Measure for Measure' (University of Sheffield, 15 October 2020).


  • 'Researching Musical Interpolation in the Texts of Macbeth and Measure for Measure'. Research relay presentation delivered at the 2019 Midlands3Cities Research Festival (Maple House, Birmingham, 23 May 2019).

  • 'Macbeth the Musical: Understanding Theatrical Interpolation in Thomas Middleton's Adaptations of Shakespeare'. Shakespeare Institute Research Seminar (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 May 2019).

  • Took part, in association with the Playhouse Lab (Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds), in an impromptu staged reading of Thomas Middleton's A Yorkshire Tragedy, as part of the programming for the 2019 York International Shakespeare Festival (University of York, 18 May 2019).

  • Served as an invited speaker at the student support event Demystifying Student Progress Panels, targeted towards advising PhD students in their first year of study (University of Birmingham, 8 March 2019).

  • Invited to participate in the Shakespeare Institute/Royal Shakespeare Company 'Director's Briefing' event in preparation for the RSC's summer 2019 production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, directed by Gregory Doran (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 March 2019).


  • 'Thomas Middleton: Adapting Shakespeare'. Research poster presented at the 2018 Midlands3Cities Research Festival (Maple House, Birmingham, 24 May 2018).


  • 'The Presence of Shakespeare's Schooling in Three Early Comedies'. Talk delivered to staff and volunteers at Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 October 2016).

  • Served as part of the original team which opened to the public Stratford-upon-Avon's medieval guildhall (today part of King Edward VI School, and at which Shakespeare likely attended grammar school) as part of the visitor attraction Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall (officially opened 23 April 2016 as part of worldwide commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death). From June 2016 until September 2017, I was also involved in the day-to-day running of the visitor attraction in my capacity as a duty manager.

Other Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to the plays produced for the London theatre industry during the English reign of King James VI and I (1603-1625), with a particular focus on the intersection between these plays and contemporary social and political issues.

Other research interests include:

  • Early modern English drama, c.1576-1642.
  • The textual transmission of early modern drama, poetry, and prose.
  • Religious history, particularly Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline anti-Catholicism.
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries in modern performance.


  • British Shakespeare Association (since September 2017)
  • Malone Society (since February 2018)
  • Society for Renaissance Studies (since September 2020)

Teaching and Other Institutional Positions

2019-21: Postgraduate Teaching Associate (Shakespeare Institute)

  • Distance Learning Tutor on the MA module 'Shakespeare's Craftsmanship' (Semester 2, 2019-20)
  • Postgraduate Demonstrator on the MA module 'Textual Studies' (Semester 1, 2020-21)

2018-20: Postgraduate Research Mentor (University of Birmingham)

  • Holding one-to-one tutorials with research students in their first year of study

Early Career Training

  • Small Group Teaching (Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham, 3 March 2020)
  • Giving a Lecture (Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham, 25 February 2020)
  • Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity (Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham, 20 January 2020)
  • Pedagogy for Engaging Distance Learners: An Online Engagement Framework for Higher Education (University of Birmingham, 8 January 2020)
  • Introduction to Assessment and Feedback for Postgraduates (Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham, 18 November 2019)
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham, 30 September 2019)


  • Higher Education Futures Institute Horizon Award for Postgraduate Teaching (2020)

Previous Education and Qualifications

  • BA English with First-Class Honours (University of Winchester, 2010-2013)
  • MA English Literature with Distinction (University of Birmingham, 2013-2015)