Dr Will Tosh

Research Interests

Will’s research has two strands: he studies the rhetoric and application of Renaissance theories of ‘perfect’ friendship (the focus of his first book, and of his next project on the poet Richard Barnfield), and he develops practices of applied performance research into early modern drama. This second topic has been enabled by his work at Shakespeare’s Globe, and is the subject of his most recent book on the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.



Playing Indoors: Staging Early Modern Drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse(Bloomsbury, 2018), Male Friendship and Testimonies of Love in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


‘Theatre: Re-staging Shakespeare’, in Sarah Barber and Corinna Peniston-Bird (eds), Historical Sources in Spatial Contexts: Environment, Performance and Artefact (Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources, in production), ‘Taking Cover: 1616 and the Move Indoors’ in Paul Edmondson and Tian Yuan Tan (eds), 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Articles and Reviews:

Review: Will Stockton, Members of his Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy in Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming), Review: Jeffrey Masten, Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time in History Workshop Journal (Spring 2018), Review: Allison P. Hobgood, Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England inHistory Workshop Journal (Spring 2016), Reviews: J.A. Froude, The Reign of Mary Tudor, introduced and selected by Eamon Duffy; David Loades, The Tudor Queens of England in Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies (April 2013), Review: Jayne Elisabeth Archer et al (eds), The Intellectual and Cultural Word of the Early Modern Inns of Court in Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies(April 2012)