Exploring the greatest new and classic plays


Emma Smith

Professor Emma Smith teaches early modern drama at Hertford College, Oxford, with a special focus on Shakespeare. She has written widely on both early modern drama and Shakespeare, including The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare, The Cambridge Guide to Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s First Folio – Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, 30 Great Myths about Shakespeare, the Arden Student Guide: Macbeth, Language and Writing, and most recently the Sunday Times bestseller This Is Shakespeare, published by Penguin.

She is the editor of a collection of Five Revenge Tragedies, and her introduction to John Webster appeared in the program for the 2019 Almeida production of The Duchess of Malfi. A fuller introduction to the play is published in the anthology Women on the Early Modern Stage, a New Mermaids publication from 2014.

She is a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and her lectures on Shakespeare and his contemporaries are also available as podcasts from ox.ac.uk or on Apple podcasts.


Recommended Play(s)

In episode 17 Emma recommended The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
In episode 38 she recommended Antigone by Jean Anouilh