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"King Lear" at Teatr Wspolczesny Szczecin in Poland in 1997.

Much Ado About Posters

From clown noses to wolf heads, America to Israel, ‘Presenting Shakespeare’ showcases how the Bard’s work is sold around the world.

If you’re a Shakespeare nerd, then you’ve likely seen his plays multiple times, as well as the various film adaptations. So for companies mounting his work, the challenge is to tout the plays audiences know so well in a fresh way. The new book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, by Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller (published by Princeton Architectural Press), showcases how these works have been visually represented around the world. And while each poster has a very particular cultural and period aesthetic, one thing is for sure: You probably don’t need to read the title to know what play the theatre is advertising.

New Yorkers can see some of the posters in person on display at Art Directors Club Gallery May 5–19. For those of us on the interwebs, check out a selection of 10 posters below.

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