Theatre Translation Forum

A Scene in a Theatre: A Performance Seen from a Box in which Three figures are Standing, 1908 (oil on canvas), Innes, James Dickson (1887-1914) © UCL Art Museum/The Bridgeman Art Library

The Theatre Translation Forum is a new initiative designed to create a meeting space for academics and theatre practitioners to share common themes in their research, presenting and discussing issues relating to the theatrical presentation of translated performance.

Plays in translation feature regularly in the programmes of London theatres, usually described as ‘versions’ or ‘adaptations’.

It is estimated that around half a million theatre visits each year relate to translated performances, demonstrating the relevance and interest of theatrical intercultural transposition for local and visiting audiences. 

UCL is ideally placed, academically and geographically, to host debate around the intersection of translation and theatre in London. Teaching and/or research on aspects of theatre and translation take place in the following four academic units:

In partnership with the Gate Theatre, colleagues from the above units and guest speakers will be participating in this programme of events, funded by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

The series is convened by Geraldine Brodie (g.brodie[at] and Emma Cole (e.cole.11[at], assisted by Jorik Mol.

Key Information

Days and times: Meetings take place Tuesdays, 5 – 7pm
Venue: Arts & Humanities Common Room - G24, Foster Court or the Wilkins Garden Room. Use the UCL Routefinder!
Formats: Research Seminars (made up of presentations from academics and theatre practitioners) and Theatre Workshops (conducted by professional directors and actors).

Tickets: Please click on the programme events below for further details and to reserve your place. All events are free, however places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

All sessions will allow plenty of time for discussion and exchange of views.


The provisional programme is as follows:

Date Topic Presenters Location
15 Oct 2013 Naturalism
  • Marie Wells
  • Judith Beniston
  • Philip Bullock
  • Agnes Broomé
  • Howard Brenton
Arts & Humanities Common Room - G24, Foster Court
29 Oct 2013 Naturalism
  • Tara Robinson 
The Studio, Bloomsbury Theatre - 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
19 Nov 2013 Greek Adaptations
  • Rosa Andújar
  • Jane Gilbert
  • Adam Lecznar
  • Christopher Haydon
Arts & Humanities Common Room - G24, Foster Court
14 Jan 2014 Greek Adaptations
  • Christopher Haydon
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD
28 Jan 2014 Contemporary Drama
  • Emma Cole
  • Marta Niccolai
  • Tom Wilks
  • David Johnston
Arts & Humanities Common Room - G24, Foster Court
11 February 2014 Contemporary Drama
  • Richard Twyman

Wilkins Garden Room

4 Mar 2014 Modernism
  • Enza De Francisci
  • Mairéad Hanrahan
  • Gareth Wood
  • Kate Eaton

Arts & Humanities Common Room - G24, Foster Court

18 Mar 2014 Modernism
  • Gráinne Byrne 

Wilkins Garden Room