About The Author

I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Calleva Centre, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. I research Shakespeare in performance, cognition, Victorian drama, and the psychology of audiences. My first book, Shakespeare’s Women and the Fin de Siecle, is under contract with Oxford University Press. My new projects include work on props and cognition and on Oscar Wilde. I teach broadly from the Renaissance to the present day.

I’m also a dramaturg and historical advisor. I have a longstanding involvement with Lolita Chakrabarti’s award-winning Red Velvet, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. You can read about my work on the production here. I also work regularly in radio, including the BBC Radio 4 Home Front. Other recent projects include Ghosts (New Vic) and Primavera Productions’ The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (Jermyn Street). Look under my “theatre” tag for more.

I broadcast and give talks regularly on all aspects of my work, and also on feminist issues and Oxbridge life. I’m always looking for new collaborations – get in touch!

There’s more about my research at academia.edu and on my college profile. There’s more about… everything else on Twitter and Instagram.



19 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. You left a comment on the Queer Eye Candy wondering if all the commenters know each other.. some of us do, sort of. I know roxy, of course, she and I are long distance lovers. Sinclair I know through his blog and through email correspondence and twitter. Ditto for Tina, Panthera Pardus, Essin’ Em and Greg.. just a big happy bloggin, twitterin family I guess 🙂

    Thanks for your comments on the pictures


  2. Hello,

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    If you want to consult the topic with me first that’s perfectly fine as well.

    Many thanks


  3. I found your information re Sir George Alexander very interesting as my grandmother was his half sister. My grandmother had kept various pieces of memorabilia, which I have. I did not know about Hugh Laurie being related to Sir George, but I will look at my family Bible that has our family tree to work out if this is correct.


    • Thank you so much for commenting! I’d be fascinated to hear more about what you discover. What memorabilia do you have? Please do drop me an email if you’d prefer.


      • I am sorry I have replied so long after your post. I lost this site…I do have various things that may be of interest..Including portraits of George Alexander’s Mother and father..
        Please email me if you are still interested.Best wishes Lulu


    • Hi! In principle, I’d be delighted except your link doesn’t seem to be working. Could you resend it? The title sounds very interesting, so once I’ve had a look I’d be happy to send you my details.




    • Great news, have just emailed. Thanks!

      Your email did show, so have nix’d your other comment to save you from spambots. I look forward to hearing from you.


  4. Sophie,

    This is not the place for this, but would you contact me as I am very keen for you to do some tutoring for my daughter sarah. Can you email me s.margetson at yahoo co uk

    sorry to “pester” you like this but Sarah (my daughter) needs your help

    PS: This is a great blog by the way!


  5. Hi Sophie,

    Misfit Inc and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are running the Happy Birthday Shakespeare project again this year, please drop me an email so I can let you know the details. We’d love to have you involved again this year as your 2011 post was fabulous!

    Hope you’re well,

    All the best,

    Jessie White


    • Hi Jessie,

      For some reason your email isn’t showing up, but mine is sophievduncan [at] gmail [dot] com! Look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for thinking of me.


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