Rachael Newberry

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer
Email r.newberry (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7414
Rachael Newberry

After spending 10 years as an Intensive Care nurse in London and Bristol, Dr Rachael Newberry made a big career change in 1995 and attended university as a mature student to study English. She has been working in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths since 2005 and has specific teaching interests in feminist and critical theory, Shakespeare studies, and Post War British Theatre. Her research interests include gastro-criticism, the body and themes of consumption and self-denial.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Literary Studies, University of the West of England
  • MA English, Cardiff University
  • PhD Victorian Literature, Birkbeck College
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority


Rachael has taught at Birkbeck College, University of Westminster, London Metropolitan University and Royal Holloway University. She is committed to teaching excellence, is Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and coordinates the subject-specific TEF. She is also the Director of the Degree Programme Drama and Theatre Arts. Rachael teaches across a range of undergraduate modules including critical theory, theatre history, Shakespeare studies, modernism/postmodernism and feminist performance theory. Dr Newberry believes that teaching is a collaborative process between everyone in the room and strongly encourages all voices to participate in discussion and debate in a nurturing and encouraging environment of knowledge exchange.

Areas of supervision

Rachael’s PhD supervision interests and expertise include Shakespeare studies, gastro-criticism and eco-criticism.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Newberry, Rachael. 2023. “Waiting in the Wings”: The Economics and Ethereality of Theatrical Space in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus. In: Graham Wolfe, ed. The Routledge Companion to Theatre-Fiction. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 377-389. ISBN 9781032069906

Newberry, Rachael. 2020. “The Last Rolo”: Love, Conflict and War in Anthony Neilson’s Penetrator. In: William Boles, ed. After In-Yer-Face Theatre. Remnants of a Theatrical Revolution. USA: Palgrave Macmillian, pp. 57-70. ISBN 978-3-030-39426-4

Newberry, Rachael. 2018. 'Gourmand or Glutton?' Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Representations of the Corpulent in a Climate of Want. In: Manisha Basu and Anastasia Ulanowicz, eds. The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger. USA: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 157-174. ISBN 978-3-319-47484-7