Hugh Macrae Richmond

Hugh Macrae Richmond, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, came to the Bay Area in 1957. He holds a B.A. degree from Cambridge University (U.K.) and a D. Phil. from Oxford University (U.K.). He has taught in a French lycée at Lyon and studied at the Universities of Florence and Munich. He initiated the U.C. Shakespeare Forum (a system-wide research unit), and heads the Shakespeare Program at U.C.B., which produces and explores the historical staging of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as versions of Milton's "Paradise Lost" and "Comus." He was an advisor for the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre near its original London site, completed in 1997, and later was the Director of its U.S.A. Education Division. In Shakespeare studies, he has written: "Shakespeare's Political Plays" and "Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy"; performance histories of "Richard III" and "Henry VIII”; editions of "Henry IV, Part 1" and ""Henry VIII" ; "Shakespeare Illuminations" (essays in honor of Marvin Rosenberg); and "Critical Studies of 'King Richard III'." He has critical bibliographies on "Shakespeare and the Renaissance Stage" and "Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of his Stage Context." He has a study of "John Milton, The Christian Revolutionary," and books about European poetry: "The School of Love," "Renaissance Landscapes," and "Puritans and Libertines." He has produced video documentaries via Films for the Humanities: “Shakespeare and the Globe,” “Milton By Himself,” and “A Prologue to Chaucer." Another, distributed by TMW Media: "Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Restored," covers his staging of "Much Ado" on the restored Globe stage in London. His most recent video documentary via TMW Media is: "Shakespeare, California, & the Spanish Connection," including an early California play, "Los Pastores" by Florencio Ibañez. This material is consolidated on the web at: http//shakespearestaging.berkeley.edu/ (HMR 11/09)