04/11/2015 , book, news

Presenting Shakespeare

Silk Playbill, Royal Lyceum Theatre, UK, 1887 - by W.S.Johnson

Silk Playbill, Royal Lyceum Theatre, UK, 1887 - by W.S.Johnson


The book “Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World”, collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare’s plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 56 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond. The book is co-authored by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic, with preface by Julie Taymor, and published by Princeton Architectural Press.

 

Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, UK, 1975 - Poster by Abram Games (left) 20th Anniversary, Theatre for a New Audience, US, 1999 - Poster by Milton Glaser (right)

Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, UK, 1975 - Poster by Abram Games (left)
20th Anniversary, Theatre for a New Audience, US, 1999 - Poster by Milton Glaser (right)


A fascinating trove of theatrical artifacts, the book is a necessary volume for theater and design lovers alike. Just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined Shakespeare’s works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers been inspired to create posters that reinvent his well-known themes for each new generation of theatergoers. As Ben Jonson proclaimed, Shakespeare is not of an age but for all time!

The book is avaiable at amazon. Link here: www.amazon.com

Mirko Ilic’s typo/graphic posters: www.typographicposters.com/mirko-ilic

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