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Dr Michael Thompson

Associate Professor / Deputy Executive Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

BA Dunelm, PhD Bristol

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Associate Professor / Deputy Executive Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  
Deputy Executive Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities248+44 (0) 191 33 43436
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  


My research focuses primarily on theatre in Spain since the early 20th century, especially the work of Antonio Buero Vallejo, José María Rodríguez Méndez and Paloma Pedrero. I have a particular interest in historical theatre and in cinematic adaptations of history plays. Since 2000, I have been carrying out research on theatre censorship in Spain during the Second Republic and the Franco dictatorship. These investigations gave rise to a collaborative project with Dr Catherine O'Leary (formerly at National University of Ireland Maynooth, now at the University of St Andrews) and Dr Diego Santos Sánchez (formerly Research Associate at Durham, now at Universidad de Alcalá) to analyse the overall impact of censorship on theatre in Spain during the 20th century (funded by an AHRC Research Grant, 2008-2011). The most recent output of the project, a collection of essays by academic researchers and theatremakers, expands the scope to compare theatre censorship in various countries: Global Insights on Theatre Censorship (Routledge, 2016).

 I also have an interest in translation: I have translated plays by Buero Vallejo and Paloma Pedrero, and in 2009 published the revised edition of the well-established textbook Thinking Spanish Translation (Routledge) with Louise Haywood.

I am able to supervise research students in the following fields: modern and contemporary Spanish theatre and literature; censorship of theatre and literature; connections between theatre, literature and film; translation, especially for the theatre. I teach on the MA in Translation Studies.

I am a member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures.

I teach 20th- and 21st-century Spanish culture, especially theatre and literature, and Spanish-English translation.

Research interests

  • Modern Spanish culture
  • Modern Spanish theatre
  • Translation
  • Theatre censorship

Awarded Grants

  • 2008: THEATRE CENSORSHIP IN SPAIN (1931-1985)(£234821.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • 2005: THEATRE CENSORSHIP IN SPAIN, 1939-1978(£2860.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2004: UNED CONFERENCE, MADRID 2004(£160.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2003: THE THEATRE OF RODRIGUEZ MENDEZ(£9026.00 from Arts & Humanities Research Board)
  • 2001: THE THEATRE OF RODRIGUEZ MENDEZ(£2200.00 from The British Academy)

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Spanish theatre
  • Foreign Literature & Language: Spanish language
  • International: Language, literature, culture: Theatre censorship
  • Foreign Literature & Language: Modern/contemporary Spanish literature


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • O'Leary, Catherine, Santos Sánchez, Diego & Thompson, Michael (2016). Global Insights on Theatre Censorship. Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies. Routledge.
  • Archer, Robert, Astvaldsson, Astvaldur, Boyd, Stephen & Thompson, Michael (2005). Antes y después del Quijote: Actas del congreso 2005 de la Asociación de Hispanistas de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda. Valencia: Biblioteca Valenciana.
  • Doggart, Sebastian & Thompson, Michael (1999). Fire, Blood and the Alphabet: One Hundred Years of Lorca. Durham: Durham Modern Languages Series.

Journal Article

Translated Book

  • Thompson, M.P. (trans. and ed.) (trans.) (1994). Antonio Buero Vallejo, Un soñador para un pueblo = A Dreamer for the People . Warminster: Aris & Phillips

Translated Chapter in Book

  • Thompson, Michael (trans.) (2016). Arrabal, Fernando, 'The dictator’s gift of censorship '. In Global Insights on Theatre Censorship. O'Leary, Catherine, Santos Sánchez, Diego & Thompson, Michael (ed.). New York: Routledge. 35-42