Dr Tom Rutter

Contact http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/bookerSchool of English
Room 3.24
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA

Internal extension: 28473
Tel: +44 (0)114-222-8473
Fax: +44 (0)114-222-8481

email: t.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk

Office hour 2017-18 (semester 1): Tuesday, 10:00-11:00; Wednesday, 11:00-12:00


I arrived at the University of Sheffield in 2012 after six years at Sheffield Hallam University, before which I taught at University College London (where I took my PhD) and then at London South Bank University. Before that I studied for my BA at St John’s College, Oxford.

My main area of expertise is Renaissance literature, especially drama. My PhD explored the representation of work on the early modern stage; when rewriting my thesis as a book I became increasingly interested in playing companies and how they bring together the activities of disparate groups such as dramatists, actors, audiences, patrons, theatre owners and booksellers, offering a way of linking dramatic production to wider forces in society. I have gone on to focus on a single company, the Admiral’s Men, who performed most of the plays of Christopher Marlowe as well as work by Thomas Kyd, Thomas Dekker, George Chapman and others.


I am currently working on a book about the Admiral’s Men, having produced several essays and articles about plays in their repertory. I also have a particular interest in the plays of Shakespeare (who didn’t write for the Admiral’s Men) and Marlowe, as well as in the institutional contexts of the early modern theatre.

I am an editor of the journal Shakespeare: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rshk20


My teaching in 2015-16 includes the following modules:

  • LIT113: Foundations in Literary Study
  • LIT2000: Genre
  • LIT207: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • LIT234: Renaissance Literature
  • LIT254: Christopher Marlowe
  • LIT3053 Project: Shakespeare in Schools
  • EGH601: Shakespeare and Early Women Dramatists
  • EGH602 Research Methods In English Studies
  • EGH6023: Reconsidering the Renaissance

With Dr Sara Whiteley, I run the MA English Studies Online.


I would particularly welcome applications to do postgraduate work on early modern playing companies, as well as on early modern drama more generally.

I am currently supervising PhDs on illegitimacy in Shakespeare and on cloth in the plays of Thomas Middleton.



  • The Cambridge Introduction to Christopher Marlowe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Chapters in Books

  • Tamburlaine: Parts One and Two’, Christopher Marlowe at 450, ed. Sara Munson Deats and Robert A. Logan (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 51-70
  • ‘Texts and Performances in the Age of Elizabeth’, A Companion to British Literature, vol. 2: Early Modern Literature 1450-1660, ed. Robert DeMaria, Jr., Heesok Chang and Samantha Zacher (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 181-96
  • ‘The Professional Theatre and Marlowe’, Marlowe in Context, ed. Emma Smith and Emily Bartels (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013), 262-72
  • Englishmen for My Money: Work and Social Conflict?’, Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama, ed. Michelle M. Dowd and Natasha Korda (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), 87-99
  • ‘Adult Playing Companies 1603 to 1613’, The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009), 72-87

Journal Articles

  • Hamlet, Pirates, and Purgatory’, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 38 (2015), 117-40
  • ‘Marlowe, Hoffman, and the Admiral’s Men’, Marlowe Studies: An Annual 3 (2013), 49-62
  • ‘Issues in Review: Dramatists, Playing Companies, and Repertories’, Early Theatre 13.3 (2011), 121-89 (edited collection including ‘Introduction: The Repertory-Based Approach, 121-32)
  • ‘Marlowe, the “Mad Priest of the Sun”, and Heliogabalus’, Early Theatre 13.2 (2010), 109-20 (winner of the Early Theatre prize for best note on any topic in vols 12 and 13)
  • ‘Marlovian Echoes in the Repertory of the Admiral’s Men’, Shakespeare Bulletin 27.1 (Spring 2009): 27-38
  • ‘Repertory Studies: An Overview’, Shakespeare 4.3 (September 2008) 352-66
  • ‘Patient Grissil and Jonsonian Satire’, Studies in English Literature 48.2 (Spring 2008), 283-303
  • ‘The Actors in Sir Thomas More’, Shakespeare Yearbook, 16 (2007), 223-40
  • ‘Merchants of Venice in A Knack to Know an Honest Man’, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 19 (2006), 194-209
  • ‘Fit Hamlet, Fat Hamlet, and the Problems of Aristocratic Labour’, Cahiers Elisabéthains 68 (Autumn 2005), 27-32