Pavel Drabek

Professor Pavel Drabek

Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Summary

The University appointed Pavel as Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice in 2013. His research and teaching interests range from Shakespeare and early modern drama and theatre in Europe to drama translation, adaptation, dramaturgy and scenography to theatre theory. He is also interested in music theatre, scenography and theatre theory.

He has published on Czech translations of Shakespeare (Ceské pokusy o Shakespeara, 2012); on early modern drama (Fletcherian Dramatic Achievement: The Mature Plays of John Fletcher, 2010); on theatre theory (Theatre Theory Reader, 2017; gen.ed. David Drozd). He has co-edited (with M. A. Katritzky) Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (2020), edited Pamela Howard’s What is Scenography? (3rd ed., 2019), and is working on Adapting and Translating for the Stage.

Between 2003 and 2015 he set up and led the Ensemble Opera Diversa (www.operadiversa.cz), a Czech professional music and opera company. He has written and translated for the opera, theatre and the radio, mostly collaborating with composer Ondrej Kyas.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage as a transnational forum : Openness and plurality in drama translation

Drábek, P. (2018). Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage as a transnational forum : Openness and plurality in drama translation. Shakespeare Studies -Columbia then Albuquerque-, 46, 35-47

Book review: Moving (across) Borders: Performing Translation, Intervention, Participation. Edited by Gabriele Brandstetter and Holger Hartung. Bielefeld: transcript, 2017. Pp. 243. €34.99 Pb.

Drábek, P. (2018). Book review: Moving (across) Borders: Performing Translation, Intervention, Participation. Edited by Gabriele Brandstetter and Holger Hartung. Bielefeld: transcript, 2017. Pp. 243. €34.99 Pb. Theatre Research International, 43(2), 223-224. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0307883318000317

Book review: Two Books on Translation for the Stage

Drábek, P. (2018). Book review: Two Books on Translation for the Stage. Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 11(1), 111-117. https://doi.org/10.1386/jafp.11.1.111_5

Book review: Robert Henke. Poverty and charity in early modern theater and performance. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2015. Pp xiv, 198

Drábek, P. (2018). Book review: Robert Henke. Poverty and charity in early modern theater and performance. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2015. Pp xiv, 198. Early theatre, 21(1), 209-212 . https://doi.org/10.12745/et.21.1.3540

Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage: Propositional spaces of cultural hybridity

Drábek, P. (2019). Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage: Propositional spaces of cultural hybridity. Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Biannual Journal of English Renaissance Studies, 99(1), 45-55. https://doi.org/10.1177/0184767819835551

Research interests

Shakespeare

early modern drama in Europe

transnational connections

theatre theory

playwriting

opera libretto and music theatre

scenography

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Drábek welcomes postgraduate students researching in the fields of Shakespeare, early modern theatre and drama in Europe, drama translation and adaptation, and opera libretto studies.

Completed PhDs

- Kacer T, New Messengers: Reportage in Late Twentieth-Century British and American Mainstream Drama (2012, Masaryk University)

- Seibertová L, Translations as Original Works of Literature (2017, Masaryk University; supervision completed by Dr Michael Kaylor)

- Bell H, Practice-Based Investigation into Young People's Response to Shakespeare in Performance (2016, University of Hull; as co-supervisor)

- Tang R, Chinese Shakespeare: an Intercultural Study across Three Genres (2016, University of Hull; as co-supervisor)

- Harrison T, 'Guides Not Commanders': Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson (2017; University of Hull; as co-supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions

- Railton, A, Tracing genre and mode shifts in the early modern period (University of Hull, NECAH scholarship; as principal supervisor; co-supervised with Prof. Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University)

- Gilbert, R, Professional wrestling as entertainment, a performance and a business (University of Hull, NECAH scholarship; as principal supervisor; co-supervised with Dr Henry Bell, Sheffield Hallam University)

- Fielding L, An Investigation into the Current Uses of Russian Theatre Director Vsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold's Actor Training System, Biomechanics, in the 21st Century (University of Hull; as co-supervisor)