Philip Butterworth

Visiting Research Fellow

Summary: Medieval theatre; staging; staging conventions; pyrotechnics and magic (conjuring) in plays and spectacles.

Principal Publications

Monographs

Philip Butterworth, Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), xi + 272

Philip Butterworth, Magic on the Early English Stage, foreword by Edwin A. Dawes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), xxii + 295. Winner of The David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies, 2006, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

Philip Butterworth, Theatre of Fire: Special Effects in Early English and Scottish Theatre, foreword by Glynne Wickham (London: The Society For Theatre Research, 1998), xxv + 272
Joint-Authored Books

Joslin McKinney and Philip Butterworth, The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), xvi + 238


Edited and Joint-Edited Works

Philip Butterworth and Katie Normington eds., European Theatre Performance Practice, 1400-1580 (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), xxvi + 551

Philip Butterworth, 'Magic in the Medieval Theater', Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, New York: Oxford University Press. 20/9/2012. http//www.oxfordbibliographies.com

Robin Pemberton-Billing, The Octagon Theatre, Bolton: Concept to Reality, ed. and intro. Philip Butterworth (Leeds: Leeds Graphic Press, 2011), 192

Phil Butterworth, Pamela M. King and Meg Twycross eds., According to the Ancient Custom: Essays presented to David Mills, Medieval English Theatre, Part One, 29 (2009 [for 2007]), 151

Phil Butterworth Pamela M. King Meg Twycross eds., According to the Ancient Custom: Essays presented to David Mills, Medieval English Theatre, Part Two, 30 (2009 [for 2008]), 136

Butterworth, Philip, ed., The Narrator, the Expositor, and the Prompter in European Medieval Theatre, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2007), xiv + 346

Dillon, Janette, Performance and Spectacle in Hall's Chronicle, vol. ed. Philip Butterworth (London: The Society For Theatre Research, 2002)


Chapters in Books

Philip Butterworth, 'Magic Through Sound: Illusion, Reception and Agreed Pretence' in Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice, ed. Ross Brown (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) 92-96

Philip Butterworth, 'Richard Carew's Ordinary: the First English Director' in The Narrator, the Expositor, and the Prompter in European Medieval Theatre, ed. Philip Butterworth, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2007), 329-345

Philip Butterworth, 'Die Books of Secrets und die Magie des Lichts im früneuzeitlichen Theater', [Books of Secrets and Lighting in the Early Theatre] in Spektakuläre Experimente: Praktiken der Evidenzproduktion im 17. Jahrhundert, trans. by Viktoria Tkaczyk, ed. Helmar Schramm, Ludger Schwarte and Jan Lazardzig, Theatrum Scientiarum, 3 (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2006), 18-42

Philip Butterworth, 'The Providers of Pyrotechnics in Plays and Celebrations' in Material Culture and Early Drama, ed. Clifford Davidson, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series (Western Michigan University: Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1999), 59-74

Philip Butterworth, 'Prompting in Full View of the Audience: A Medieval Staging Convention' in Drama and Community: People and Plays in Medieval Europe, ed. Alan Hindley, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 1999), 231-47

Philip Butterworth, 'The Light of Heaven: Flame as Special Effect' in The Iconography of Heaven, ed. Clifford Davidson, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series, 21 (Western Michigan University: Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1994), 128-45

Philip Butterworth, 'Hellfire: Flame as Special Effect' in The Iconography of Hell, ed. Clifford Davidson and Thomas H. Seiler, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series, 17 (Western Michigan University: Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1992), 67-101


Journal Articles

Philip Butterworth, 'Hocus Pocus Junior: Further Confirmation of its Author', Theatre Notebook, 68:3 (2014), 130-135

Philip Butterworth, 'Late Medieval Performing Dragons', The Yearbook of English Studies, 43 (2013), 310-334

Butterworth, Philip, 'Substitution: Theatrical Sleight of Hand in Medieval Plays', Medieval European Drama, 9 (2005), 209-229

Philip Butterworth, 'Is there any Further Value to be Gained from Re-Staging Medieval Theatre?', Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 43 (2004), 1-11

Philip Butterworth, 'Brandon, Feats and Hocus Pocus: Jugglers Three', Theatre Notebook, 57:2 (2003), 89-106

Philip Butterworth, 'Prompting in Full View of the Audience: The Groningen Experiment', Medieval English Theatre, 23 (2002 [for 2001]), 122-71

Philip Butterworth, 'Timing Theatrical Action in the English Medieval Theatre', Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama, 4 (2001), 87-100

Philip Butterworth, 'Magic through Sound: Illusion, Deception and Agreed Pretence', Medieval English Theatre, 21 (2000 [for 1999]), 52-65

Philip Butterworth, 'Royal Firework Theater: The Fort Holding, Part III', Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 37 (1998), 99-112

Philip Butterworth, 'Royal Firework Theater: The Fort Holding, Part II', Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 35 (1996),   17-31

Philip Butterworth, 'Stage Directions in the Towneley Play of Jacob', The National Arts Education Papers, 6 (1996 Archive, Occasional), 1-8

Philip Butterworth, 'Comings and Goings: English Medieval Staging Conventions', The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 18:1 (1995), 25-34

Philip Butterworth, 'Royal Firework Theater: The Fort Holding', Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 34 (1995), 145-66

Philip Butterworth, 'Hugh Platte’s Collapsible Wagon', Medieval English Theatre, 15 (1995 [for 1993]), 129-39

Philip Butterworth, 'The York Crucifixion: Actor/Audience Relationship', Medieval English Theatre, 14 (1994), 67-76

Philip Butterworth, 'Book-Carriers: Medieval and Tudor Staging Conventions', Theatre Notebook, 46:1 (1992), 15-30

Philip Butterworth, 'The Baptisme Of Hir Hienes Darrest Sone In Stirviling', Medieval English Theatre, 10:1 (1988), 26-55

Philip Butterworth, 'Gunnepowdyr, Fyre and Thondyr', Medieval English Theatre, 7:2 (1985), 68-76

Philip Butterworth, 'The York Mercers' Pageant Vehicle, 1433-1467: Wheels, Steering, and Control', Medieval English Theatre, 1:2 (1979), 72-81


Festschrifts

Philip Butterworth, ''Parts' and 'Parcels': Cueing Conventions for the English Medieval Player', According to the Ancient Custom: Essays presented to David Mills, Medieval English Theatre, Part Two, 30 (2009), 99-120

Philip Butterworth, 'Juggling and Staging Tricks in Early Theatre' in ‘Mainte belle œuvre faicte’, Études sur le théâtre médiéval offertes à professeur Graham A. Runnalls (Orléans: Paradigme, 2005), 39-63

Philip Butterworth, 'Discipline, Dignity and Beauty: The Wakefield Mystery Plays, Bretton Hall, 1958'. Essays in Honour of Meg Twycross, Leeds Studies in English, 32 (2001), 49-80

Philip Butterworth, ''Jean Fouquet's 'The Martyrdom of St Apollonia' and 'The Rape of the Sabine Women' as Iconographical Evidence of Medieval Theatre Practice', Essays in Honour of Peter Meredith, Leeds Studies in English, 29 (1998), 55-67

 
Reviews

Philip Butterworth, review of The York Mystery Plays: Performance in the City, ed. Margaret Rogerson, (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press/The Boydell Press, 2011). Published in Theatre Notebook, 66: 3 (2012), 182-183

Philip Butterworth, review of Improvisation in the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. Timothy J. McGee, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series, 30 (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2003). Published in the Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 11 (2005), 78-81

Philip Butterworth, review of Meg Twycross and Sarah Carpenter, Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002). Published in Medieval European Drama, 8 (2004), 222-225

Philip Butterworth, review of Mark C. Pilkinton, Records of Early English Drama: Bristol (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997). Published in The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 12:1 (Fall, 1998), 39-40

Philip Butterworth, review of Clifford Davidson, Illustrations of the Stage and Acting in England to 1580, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series, 16 (Western Michigan University: Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1991). Published in Theatre Notebook, 46:3, 1992, 166-68