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Research Conversation: Dr Catriona Fallow

with Dr Catriona Fallow, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham

Reconsidering Harold Pinter at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Harold Pinter’s affiliation with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the impact of productions such as The Homecoming (1965) or Old Times (1971) are central to histories of Pinter’s career and narratives of post-war British theatre. What is less well documented is the rich tapestry of small scale, one-off, and touring productions of Pinter’s work that took place alongside these main-stage successes at the RSC.

Drawing on the RSC collections held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust archives, in this research conversation Dr Catriona Fallow will discuss what these smaller, mobile productions can tell us about the impact of Pinter’s work on the RSC’s emerging identity during the 1960s and 1970s and what fresh insights they might offer into one of Britain’s seminal playwrights. This research has been undertaken as part of Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this project aims to locate, archive, and contextualise every major production of Pinter’s work in the UK between 1957 and 2018 across stage, screen and radio.

To learn more about the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, please visit:

The Wolfson Hall, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, CV37 6QW.

Free admission; no booking required; all welcome.


Dr Catriona Fallow is a Research Fellow based in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham working on the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Broadly, her research specialises in contemporary British and European playwriting, theatre history and historiography, and contemporary Shakespearean performance. As part of the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, her current research focuses on Pinter’s relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Catriona’s work has been published in Studies in Theatre and Performance and has been presented internationally at Harvard’s Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research, Performance Studies International, and the International Federation for Theatre Research.

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