Sean  McEvoy Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Sean McEvoy

International Baccalaureate Co-ordintor
Varndean College, Brighton

I teach literature on the IB Diploma Programme in Brighton and also at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University. I live in Brighton with my wife and daughter.


I grew up in West London, and studied Classics and Philosophy at Cambridge. I taught in a Sussex comprehensive for five years before becoming Head of English at a sixth-form college. Now I co-ordinate the IB Diploma Programme there. I did my postgraduate degrees part-time: an MA at Sussex then a PhD on Ben Jonson's middle comedies with Kiernan Ryan at Royal Holloway. For the last fifteen years I've also done university teaching at Sussex, on the Shakespeare MA at Royal Holloway, and now at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.


    MA Philosophy, Christ's College Cambridge, 1981
    PhD English, Royal Holloway, 2003

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Shakespeare, Jonson and early modern theatre in general. Postwar English theatre; contemporary poetry; Greek drama.

Personal Interests

    I go the theatre as often as I can and I also enjoy watching football and cricket, though my playing days seem to be over. I like discovering interesting old pubs, especially in London.


Featured Title
 Featured Title - HAMLET, McEvoy (RGL) - 1st Edition book cover


'Theatrical Unrest' Published March 8

By: Sean McEvoy

My new book, Theatrical Unrest: Ten Riots in the History of the Stage, 1601-2004 came out In March 2016.

I gave a paper on the book at Essex University in February.

In the autumn I will be doing a pre-play talk at the National Theatre, London, on the riot that took place when Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars was first produced in 1926.

Forthcoming Books

By: Sean McEvoy
Subjects: Literature

I am currently working on two books for Routledge. Theatrical Unrest is about ten incidents in the history of theatre which have been the grounds for violence and mayhem. I start with the performance of Shakespeare's Richard II which was commissioned at the time of the Essex revolt in 1601 and end with the trouble in Birmingham which stopped the run of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Behzti in 2004. This book should be out in 2016.

There's also another book I am doing for the Basics series, this time on tragedy. This covers important tragic drama from Aeschylus to Caryl Churchill and introduces a range of key theorists and their ideas. I am hoping this book will prove really useful to students. It should be out in 2017.

I was very pleased to be asked the entry on Ben Jonson for the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. This should be out soon, I think.

Shakespeare The Basics soon in three languages

By: Sean McEvoy
Subjects: Literature

The third edition of my first book, Shakespeare: The Basics, whose first edition came out in 2000, is now being translated into Spanish and into Korean, and will be published in both Mexico and South Korea in the near future.


Introduction to Greek Theatre

Published: Jan 11, 2013

National Theatre Education video

Introduction to Greek Tragedy

Published: Nov 01, 2013

National Theatre Education Film

Introduction to Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Published: Mar 27, 2013