Presenting the Posters of Shakespeare

Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100
Posters from Around the World

By Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic
Princeton Architectural Press
320 pages, $50.00

More than 400 years after his death, interest in the plays of William Shakespeare seems undimmed, with about 5,000 performances taking place each year. Of course, promoting such performances is nothing new and the use of posters to advertise the bard's work goes back centuries. Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic thus had the happy idea to assemble more than 1,000 of these, created by designers in 55 countries, for inclusion in Presenting Shakespeare, published by the Princeton Architectural Press last fall.

A broad range of initiatives is being scheduled in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. In that vein is a free event scheduled for March 28 at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, NY. During this evening Ilic and Heller will be leading a conversation focused on the art of designing posters for Shakespeare, with the participation of epic designers Milton Glaser and Paul Davis, who will show examples of their work.

The discussion will be rounded out by questions from the audience and a book signing, with snagging a spot as simple as filling out a form. For a bit of a sneak preview, you'll find a selection of posters from the book below.

Shakespeare Theater Diever, NL, 2012. ad: Jack Nieborg, d: Pamlien Schutter, p: Korn Tummerman
Theatre de la Renaissance, FR, 2010. ad/d/p: Cedric Gatillon. Courtesy of the Budapest Poster Gallery
Theatre for a New Audience, US, 2013. ad: Julie Taymor, d: Milton Glaser, Sue Walsh, p: Josef Astor

25 Curious Years, Theatre for a New Audience, US, 2004. d: Milton Glaser, p: Matthew Klein

New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, US, 1989. Ad/d/ill: Paul Davis

New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, US, 1990. Ad/d/ill: Paul Davis
National Theatre in Belgrade, RS, 2006. d: Jovan Tarbuk
Theater Alnwick, US, 1820. D: n/a