Dr. Nicola Boyle (PhD, De Montfort University)

Teaching Fellow in British Studies

Nicola Boyle

Nicola is a graduate of Loughborough University (BA, MA) and De Montfort University (PhD). Before joining the British Studies team at the beginning of 2017 Nicola had taught the Shakespeare course at Harlaxton, and has also taught Literary Theory at Loughborough University.

Research Interests

Nicola’s PhD thesis ‘The Documentary History and Repertory of the Lady Elizabeth’s Men: 1611-1625’ reflects her research interest in how early-modern playing companies were able to forge an identity for themselves through their repertories. She is also interested in the staging of early modern plays and has frequently taken part in the play reading marathons hosted by the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon. Currently Nicola is working on preparing her PhD thesis for publication.

Nicola also has an active research interest in the BBC’s radio drama The Archers.

Conference Papers

  • ‘Unique Borsetshire Climate or Exemplary Sun Protection?', Academic Archers Conference, British Library (2018)
  • ‘The Letters of Robert Daborne and the Lady Elizabeth’s Men’, Graduate Conference for Adaptions and Textual Studies, De Montfort University (2016)
  • ‘The Farcical Nature of Fletcher’s Comedy: a case study – The Nightwalkers,’ John Fletcher: a Critical Reappraisal, Canterbury Christ Church University (2015)
  • ‘Juliet and her Romeo: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet reformed’, Reforming Shakespeare 1593 and After, Centre for Adaptions and Centre for Textual Studies De Montfort University (2014)
  • ‘Is Shakespeare to blame for the negative connotations of skin disease?’ 94th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists, Glasgow (2014)
  • ‘Archives and the Lady Elizabeth’s Men: a journey through the archives’, Legacy and the Curated Archive, De Montfort University (2013)
  • ‘The Lady Elizabeth’s Men: a Jacobean theatre company’, The Wedding of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and Elizabeth Stuart: Staging and Impact of a European Marriage Alliance, University of Heidelberg (2013)
  • ‘“Part of this truth I know”: indeterminacy in John Fletcher’s The Night Walkers,’ Non-Shakespearean Drama and Performance’, SAA, Boston (2012)
  • ‘The Necessity and Practice of Collaboration for the Lady Elizabeth’s Men’, Collaboration, Authorship and the Renaissance, Queen’s University, Belfast (2012)
  • ‘The Touring Practices of the Lady Elizabeth Company, Shakespeare after REED, 9th World Shakespeare Congress, Prague (2011)
  • ‘The Country House and the Touring Practices of the Lady Elizabeth’s Men’, Centre for Early Modern Studies, The Intellectual culture of the British Country House 1500-1700, Sussex (2011)


  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth (directed by Lucy Bailey) at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 6 April 2010, Shakespeare, 7:2, 213-216 (2011)
  • Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (directed by Dominic Dromgoole) at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 7 October 2009, Shakespeare, 6:2, 250-252 (2010)
  • Review of Terence G. Schoone-Jongen. Shakespeare’s Companies (Farnham: Ashgate, 2008), New Theatre Quarterly, 26:3, (2010)

British Studies