PRH’s Vintage Hogarth Shakespeare publishing initiative is collaborating with The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) ahead of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 2016.
The collaboration has come out of “a shared commitment to celebrating Shakespeare's continuing legacy and to introduce his plays to a new generation, through performance and the written word”. It will focus on a series of events, launching at the London Book Fair today (15th April 2015) with a performance from Othello on the PRH stand this afternoon.
In August, Howard Jacobson will examine the themes of religious tension and prejudice in The Merchant of Venice, both in Shakespeare's time and our own, during a panel debate at the RSC's Swan Theatre. The joint events will continue in 2015 with a series of co-curated talks at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October and further public events with authors, directors and actors in 2016.
Geraldine Collinge, director of Events and Exhibitions at the RSC says: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Hogarth on this programme of events. Shakespeare always has something relevant to say to each new generation and it's exciting to bring together our theatre directors, actors and artists with some of today's most inspirational authors.”
Juliet Brooke, senior editor, Chatto & Windus and Hogarth added:”'We are thrilled to be collaborating with the RSC. Our world-class authors alongside the RSC's world-class productions make a potent creative cocktail, especially as we approach this exciting anniversary year.”
The Vintage Hogarth Shakespeare series will launch in October with Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, titled The Gap of Time.
A further three novels will be published during 2016: Howard Jacobson's The Merchant of Venice, Anne Tyler's The Taming of the Shrew and Margaret Atwood's The Tempest.