Eoin Price

Lecturer in English Literature, 1500-1650


Eoin Price completed his BA and MA in his hometown, at the University of Liverpool. He then studied for a PhD at the The Shakespeare Institute, in Stratford-upon-Avon. He worked at Swansea University for 9 years before joining the University of Edinburgh in January 2024. His work focuses on practices of playing and playgoing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and in the textual and theatrical afterlives of plays from that period in later centuries, including our own. He is particularly invested in challenging ingrained assumptions about temporality and the early modern literary and theatrical canon. His work on early modern playgoing was funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and he has received library fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Huntington Library to support archival research into the performance and reception history of early modern plays in the eighteenth and ninetneeth centuries.

Undergraduate teaching

This year, Eoin is teaching on the Honours courses Early Modern Comedy and Early Modern Tragedy.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Eoin is very pleased to hear from students interested in completing a PhD on any topic of early modern theatre.

Research summary

Eoin is the author of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ Playhouses in Renaissance England (Palgrave, 2015) and he has written numerous articles and essays on early modern drama on subjects including theatre history, book history, and the contemporary performance of early modern plays.  With Prof Farah Karim-Cooper, he co-edited a special issue of the journal Shakespeare emerging from the 2019 British Shakespeare Association Conference he organized at Swansea University on the subject of Shakespeare, race, and nation.

Eoin is currently working on two books. Playgoing Time in Elizabethan London, which has been supported by the award of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, reassesses foundational claims about drama and temporality, arguing against production-focused accounts which have tended to dominate the field of early drama research. His work on this project won the 2020 Calvin and G. Rose Hoffman Prize for Distinguished Publication on Christopher Marlowe.

Eoin is also researching a book entitled Shakespeare’s Successors which focuses on the plays written by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger for the King’s Men in the decades after Shakespeare’s death and on the textual and theatrical afterlives in the centuries that followed. His work on this project has received funding from the Society for Theatre Research and he has won research fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Huntington Library, to undertake archival work.

Eoin enjoys engaging with wider public audiences, creative practitioners, and cultural institutions and he is looking forward to continuing and deepening his public-facing collaborations in Edinburgh, a city with a rich literary and theatrical heritage. In the past he has featured on the popular history podcast Not Just the Tudors, and on a BBC Radio 3 documentary about the Elizabethan writer Robert Greene.

Past project grants

Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2022-2023
Huntington Library Fellowship, 2020
Harry Ransom Center Fellowship, 2018