David Bevington specializes in drama, of the Elizabethan and medieval periods throughout western Europe, in the drama of Classical Greece, in modern drama. He also works on the interrelation of music (especially opera) and literature.
Currently he is the senior editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama, to contain twenty-seven plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries (Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, and others).
He is also the editor of Medieval Drama, Houghton Mifflin, 1975; The Bantam Shakespeare, in 29 paperback volumes, 1988; and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Harper Collins, 1992 (updated, Longman, 1997), as well as the Oxford 1 Henry IV (1987), the Cambridge Antony and Cleopatra (1990), and the Arden 3 Troilus and Cressida (1998).
His critical studies include Action is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984.
He is a senior editor of the Revels plays, and the senior editor of the Revels Student editions. He is also a senior editor of a long-term project to edit the complete works of Ben Jonson for the Cambridge University Press.