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

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.


Special event on Translation and Dramaturgy

Date and time: Wednesday 1 July, 6-8 pm.

Venue: Third Floor Common Room, Room 307 Foster Court


  • Réjane Collard-Walker, Deputy Literary Manager, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Gregory Thompson, Theatre Director
  • Adam Versényi, Professor of Dramaturgy, University of North Carolina
Eventbrite - UCL Theatre Translation Forum: Translation and Dramaturgy

Abstracts and biographies

Past Forums