David Haldane Lawrence

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David Haldane Lawrence in his doctoral robes, 2006
David Haldane Lawrence (1940–2009) was an expert on the 19th and early 20th century British theatre, with special reference to issues of masculinity and homosexuality.

He was born in New Zealand, but lived most of his life in London. He worked for a number of years for the British Library.

In 2006 he received a doctorate from Birkbeck College, University of London, for his work on the 19th century theatre. He later published articles on nineteenth and early twentieth century theatre and gender issues, as well as presenting papers at conferences and seminars.[1]

His essay "Sowing Wild Oats" won the 2006 Literature Compass Graduate Essay Prize, Victorian Section.[2]

His major work on masculinity and the Victorian theatre, building on his PhD thesis, was edited by Ross Burgess and published by Paradise Press under the title Diverse Performances.[3]


Publications by David Haldane Lawrence:

  • "'Such a Humble Branch of Our Art': The Victorian Theatre Orchestra", Theatre Notebook, Vol. 61, No. 1 (February 2007)
  • "Sowing Wild Oats: The Fallen Man in Late-Victorian Society Melodrama", Literature Compass vol. 4 no. 3 , pp. 888–898 (March 2007)
  • "Performing Working Boys: the Representation of Child Labour on the Pre- and Early Victorian Stage", New Theatre Quarterly Volume 24, Issue 02 (May 2008)
  • "Masculine Appearances: Male Physicality on the Late-Victorian Stage", Critical Survey, Vol. 20, No. 3 (September 2008)
  • "Chorus boys: words, music and queerness (c.1900-c.1936)" Studies in Musical Theatre Volume 3 Issue 2 (2009).
  • "Charles Dickens and the World of Opera", The Dickensian, No. 483 Vol. 107 Part 1 (Spring 2011)
  • Diverse Performances: Masculinities and the Victorian Stage, edited by Ross Burgess. Paradise Press, October 2014.


  1. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Contributor,a=L/view-Contact-Page,id=20101/
  2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2007.00435.x/abstract
  3. http://www.foxearth.net/diverseperformances/