Emeritus Professor Penny Gay

Professor Penny Gay

BA Melb. PhD Lond. MA
Emeritus Professor

+61 2 9351 2434

My research tends to focus on theatre history, whether it's Shakespeare or 18th and 19th-century British drama. Following on from my book Jane Austen and the Theatre (CUP, 2002), I have an ARC Discovery grant to explore roles written for women in 18th-century theatre. I've published quite extensively on the position and representation of women in the theatre, particularly in Shakespeare (my Routledge book As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women was published in 1994). I have strong interests in music, particularly opera, classical song, and the 20th-century musical.

Research areas

Selected publications

  • Gay, P. (2014). Jane Austen's Stage. In Julia Swindells and David Francis Taylor (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gay, P. (2013). A Shakespeare Brief Immersion Method for Undergraduates. In Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay, L E Semler (Eds.), Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives, (pp. 153-167). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gay, P. (2013). Juliet Speaks. Sydney Theatre Company Presents: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Rome and Juliet, (pp. 13 - 18). Sydney, Australia: Playbill/Showbill.
  • Flaherty, K., Gay, P., Semler, L. (eds) (2013). Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gay, P. (2013). The Impossibility of Romance. Sydney Theatre Company Presents: Mrs Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw, (pp. 17 - 21). Sydney, Australia: Playbill/Showbill.
  • Gay, P. (2012). Australian Newspaper Reviewers of Shakespeare: Writing with the Head or with the Heart?'. Cahiers Elisabethains: late medieval and renaissance English studies, 2012 (40th Anniversary Special Issue), 127-132.
  • Gay, P. (2012). Pygmalion Meets the Twentieth Century Woman. Pygmalion, (pp. 18 - 21). Paddington, NSW, Australia: Playbill/Showbill.
  • Gay, P. (2012). The Libertine: from Laclos (via Austen) to Hampton. Le Liaisons Dangereuses, (pp. 18 - 20). Paddington, NSW, Australia: Sydney Theatre Company.
  • Gay, P. (2011). Emma and Persuasion. In E Copeland, J McMaster (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, (pp. 55-71). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gay, P. (2011). Shakespeare, Verdi, and the Dark Forces. Macbeth, April 2011, (pp. 1 - 7). Melbourne, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Gay, P. (2010). 'A romantic musical comedy' for the fin-de-siecle: Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 1-21.
  • Flaherty, K., Gay, P. (2010). Finding local habitation: Shakespeare's Dream at play on the stage of contemporary Australia. In Dymkowski, Christine and Carson, Christie (Eds.), Shakespeare in Stages, (pp. 229-247). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gay, P. (2010). Women and eloquence in Shakespeare and Austen. Shakespeare, 6(4), 463-477
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), 150pp.
  • 2007 'Games and dreams of identity', programme essay for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Twelfth Night.
  • 2007 'Jane Fairfax and the she-tragedies of the eighteenth century', Persuasions (journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America) 29, 121-30.
  • 2006 ‘'Changing Shakespeare: new possibilities for the modern actress', The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Actress, John Stokes and Maggie B. Gale (eds), Cambridge University Press, 314-26.
  • 2005 ‘Pastimes’, Jane Austen in Context, ed. Janet Todd, Cambridge University Press, 337-45.
  • 2005 ‘Transformations: Emma and Clueless, a Girl’s Own Story’, Creativity and Transformation, ed. Richard Madelaine, The English Association, Sydney, 95-106.
  • 2004 ‘Fanny Price, wild colonial girl’ (Patricia Rozema’s Mansfield Park), in Re-Drawing Austen: Picturesque Travels in Austenland, Beatrice Battaglia and Diego Saglia (eds) Liguori Editore, 387-94.
  • 2004 W. Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. E.S. Donno (Updated Edition), Introduction (20,000 words) and some apparatus revisions, Cambridge University Press, 170 pp.
  • 2004 ‘David Williamson at Thirty-one Plays’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 14, 3, 5-11.
  • 2003 'Shakespeare's Othello, Verdi's Otello', programme essay for Opera Australia's production of Verdi's Otello (reprinted for new production, 2008).
  • 2003 ‘Twelfth Night: “the babbling gossip of the air”’, A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, vol. 3 The Comedies, eds Richard Dutton and Jean Howard, Oxford: Blackwell, 429-446
  • 2002 ‘Women and Shakespearean Performance’, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage, eds Stanley Wells and Sarah Stanton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 155-173
  • 2002 ‘Portia Performs: Playing the Role in the Twentieth-Century English Theater’, The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays, eds John W. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon, New York and London: Routledge, 431-454
  • 2002 Jane Austen and the Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xi + 201 pp.
  • 2001 ‘International Glamour or Home-grown Entertainment, 1948-64’, O Brave New World: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage, eds John Golder and Richard Madelaine, Sydney: Currency Press, 180-199
  • 1999 Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Writers and Their Work, The British Council in association with Northcote House, Plymouth UK, pp.ix + 107
  • 1999 ‘The conflict of love and death’, programme essay for Opera Australia’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette
  • 1998 ‘Emilia Speaks Her Mind: Othello, 4.3.82-99’, Sydney Studies in English, 24, 40-47
  • 1998 ‘Recent Australian Shrews: The “Larrikin Element”’, Shakespeare and the Twentieth Century, The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World congress, Los Angeles, 1996; eds Jonathan Bate, Jill L. Levensohn, Dieter Miehl, London: Associated University Presses, 168-182.
    Reprinted in M. Novy (ed.) Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary women’s re-visions in literature and performance, New York: Palgrave, 1999, 35-50.
  • 1998 ‘Shakespeare in Translation: The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice’, Shakespeare: Readers, Audiences, Players, eds R.S.White, Charles Edelman, Christopher Wortham, Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 131-139
  • 1998 ‘Anne Brontë and the Forms of Romantic Comedy’, Brontë Society Transactions, 23, 1 (April 1998), 54-62
  • 1997 ‘Pictures of perfection? Filming Jane Austen’, Sydney Studies in English, 23, 41-57
  • 1996 ‘Verdi’s Falstaff and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor’ : programme essay for Opera Australia’s production of Falstaff ; repr. 1999 for revival of production
  • 1996 ‘The “Elizabethan Experiment”: re-creating Shakespearean performance conditions in Sydney, 1986-1991’, in Shakespeare Outside England ed. H.Kerr, R. Eaden, M.Mitton, University of Delaware Press, 170-180
  • 1995 Jane Austen’s Emma (Horizon Studies in Literature), Sydney University Press in association with OUP Australia, 70 pp.
  • 1994 W. Shakespeare ed. P. Gay, The Merchant of Venice : Science Press, 200 pp.
  • 1994 As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women: Routledge, 200 pp.
  • 1994 ‘Bastards from the Bush: Virginia Woolf and her Antipodean Relations’, Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives (Selected Papers from the Third Annual Virginia Woolf Conference), eds Mark Hussey and Vara Neverow, Pace University Press, 289-95
  • 1992 Michael Gow’s Away: the Shakespeare Connection’ Reconnoitres, eds M. Harris and E. Webby, Oxford University Press Australia, 204-213