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Presenting Shakespeare Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic

Presenting Shakespeare

1,100 Posters from Around the World

Mirko Ilic Steven Heller

Details: Hardcover
Size: 7 X 10 IN
Pages: 320
Color: 1100
Publication Date: 10/13/2015
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892920

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A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognizable shorthand for the plays of William Shakespeare. In the four hundred years since his death, the Bard of Avon's exalted place in the pantheon of theater and poetry---indeed, all of Western culture---is unequaled. As Ben Jonson proclaimed, Shakespeare "is not of an age but for all time!" And just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined his works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers been inspired to create posters that reinvent Shakespeare's well-known themes for each new generation of theatergoers. Presenting Shakespeare collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare's plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond. A fascinating trove of theatrical artifacts, Presenting Shakespeare is a necessary volume for theater and design lovers alike.

  • Assembled for the first time in a single volume, this poster collection is an ideal gift for any Shakespeare or theater buff.
  • An indispensable resource for the countless designers, impresarios, community theaters, and student drama clubs---anyone promoting one of the 5,000 Shakespeare productions put on every year.
  • Includes a preface by renowned director Julie Taymor.

Editorial Reviews

Creative Review

a great range of examples from all over the world


Next year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, but his plays live on. How they have managed to put butts in pews all this time is addressed, and generously illustrated, in a gorgeous new coffee table book, Presenting Shakespeare

Fast Co.Design

To be or not to be' might be the question, but the answer for representation could lie in a cartoonish illustration, in expressive typefaces, or in a morbid hyperrealistic heart gushing blood.


With over a thousand posters from 55 countries it offers an opportunity to delve into how different cultures interpret Shakespeare's classic stories of love, tragedy, and twisted identities.

Design Arts Daily

The organization of the book is a stroke of genius....The book is irresistible on many levels, not least for the reading, which includes a preface by Julie Taymor.

Print magazine

The artists' interpretations of the plays are as varied as the takes of actors and directors who have approached the material over the many decades since they premiered, providing the diverse visual archive that amazes.

Shelf Awareness

Shakespeare on a skateboard or punkish with tattoos, Romeo i Julia with a heart-shaped bear trap, a Ralph Steadman Macbeth---from delicate to horrifying, these posters are arresting.