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Biography Pavel join Hull as Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice in 2013. His research centres around collaborative/relational performance practices. His research and teaching range from Shakespeare and early modern drama and theatre in Europe; through scriptwriting for the stage (spoken drama, opera, musical theatre) and radio; drama translation, adaptation, dramaturgy and scenography; to theatre theory.

His prominent publications include:
* Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (Manchester UP, 2020), co-edited with M. A. Katritzky
* The Art of Making Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2022), with Pamela Howard;
* České pokusy o Shakespeara (Czech Attempts at Shakespeare, Větrné mlýny, 2012);
* “‘You have served me well’: The Shakespeare Empire in Central Europe”, Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance 28 (43), 2024: 83–114;
* “Transnationality: Intercultural Dialogues, Encounters, and the Theatres of Curiosity”, in Yana Meerzon and S. E. Wilmer (ed), Handbook on Theatre and Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023): 639–650;
* “Dramaturgy of the Shakespearean Libretto”, in Christopher R. Wilson and Mervyn Cooke (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Music (Oxford: OUP, 2022): 761–804;
* La Pícara: The Incredible Story of the Lieutenant Nun | La Pícara ou L’incroyable histoire de la nonne-lieutenant. An English-French edition with Pascale Drouet’s translation (Toulouse: PUM, 2022), with Josh Overton.

Between 2003 and 2015 he set up and led the Ensemble Opera Diversa (, a Czech professional music and opera company. He has written and translated for the opera, theatre and the radio, mostly collaborating with composer Ondřej Kyas. His rock-theatre Shakespeare adaptation called Zapeklitě! (Hell of a Fix) written for Slovácké divadlo (Czech Republic) opened on 22 June 2024.
Research Interests Shakespeare
early modern drama in Europe
transnational connections
theatre theory
drama translation
opera libretto and music theatre
Scopus Author ID 57191407859
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics Professor Drábek welcomes postgraduate students researching in the fields of Shakespeare, early modern theatre and drama in Europe, drama translation and adaptation, and opera libretto studies.
Completed PhDs
- Kačer T, New Messengers: Reportage in L