Emerita Professor Katharine Worth (1922-2015)

English department & Drama department (1963-87), Royal Holloway College

Professor Katharine Worth, who died aged 92, was the founder of the Department of Drama and Theatre and an Honorary Fellow of the College. A leading theatre scholar, she worked closely with Samuel Beckett. Katharine argued passionately, and demonstrated persuasively, how the proper study of drama should embrace theatre history, theatre-going, reviewing, theory, criticism and practice in a synthesis of approaches. She gained Beckett’s permission to recreate several of his plays for television and radio between 1972 and 1984. Later, Beckett allowed Katharine the rare privileges of both dramatising his novella, Company, in 1987 and attending some of his rehearsals for London productions of his plays.