Musical Theatre Research


The University of Lincoln’s Musical Theatre research evidences a broad understanding of the area, embracing Broadway and the West End; new writing in musical theatre; British musical theatre; Queer Theory, and wider understandings of the intersections between music and the stage. Given its inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches in musical theatre, our researchers work frequently with other colleagues in the areas of Drama, Music, and Dance, while engaging in wider projects across the arts and social sciences. These have explored uses of music in performance relating to migration, place, identity, (auto)ethnography, community, psychology, health, and wellbeing.

Staff in the area have produced monographs, journal articles, edited collections, and book chapters, while contributing to community-facing events, projects, and reports. Our approaches also embrace practice-as-research and professional practice, and colleagues in the school have been recognised for their award-winning musical theatre writing.

Meanwhile, we have made leading contributions to the international journal Studies in Musical Theatre, the conference series “Song, Stage and Screen”, and book series “Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre” and “Critical Perspectives in Musical Theatre” (OUP), and events with organisations such as Mercury Musical Developments, English National Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Festival, and the Oxford Literary Festival. PhD opportunities in musical theatre embrace both practice-based enquiries and more traditional theoretical study.