Department of English

University of Toronto

Thomson, Leslie

Leslie Thomson
Professor of Emeritus of English; Graduate Faculty Member
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 905

B.A., M.A., Ph.D (Toronto)


Discoveries on the Early Modern Stage: Contexts and Conventions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Editor, Anything for a Quiet Life, by Thomas Middleton and John Webster. In The Works of Thomas Middleton (pp. 1593-1631, 2015) and Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works (pp. 1160-65). Gen. eds. Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Fortune: "All is but Fortune," Folger Library catalogue (2000), to accompany exhibition.

A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama, 1580-1642 (co-author Alan C. Dessen) (1999; softcover, 2001).

Recent articles

Mucedorus: From Revision to Nostalgia.” Theatre Notebook 71 (2017): 140-60.

“Beds on the Early Modern Stage.” Early Theatre 19.2 (December 2016): 31-57.

“Dumb Shows in Performance on the Early Modern Stage.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Vol. 29 (2016): 17-45.

‘“As it hath been publiquely played”: The Stage Directions and Original Staging of The Three Ladies of London’, Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies: The Three Ladies of London in Context.

“Confinement and Freedom in The Tempest.” Shakespeare Survey 67 (2014): 384-95.

“Blackfriars Stage Sitters and the Staging of The Tempest, The Maid’s Tragedy and The Two Noble Kinsmen.” Shakespeare Embodied. Ed. Kathryn Moncrief, Kathryn McPherson, Sarah Enloe. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013. Pp. 175-85.

“Staging on the Road, 1586-1594: A New Look at Some Old Assumptions.” Shakespeare Quarterly 61 (2010): 526-50.

“Playgoers on the Outdoor Stages of Early Modern London.” Theatre Notebook 64 (2010): 3-11.

Current Research

How did they do it? Questions about the staging and performance of early modern drama. 

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