Profile Books is joining forces with Shakespeare’s Globe to celebrate the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
In March next year, Profile will publish a revised edition of Andrew Dickson’s The Rough Guide to Shakespeare (Rough Guides), titled The Globe Guide to Shakespeare: The plays, the poems, the life, with Shakespeare’s Globe. The book includes accounts, critical commentaries and reviews of noted productions and will be published as a £19.99 Crown Quarto paperback. World rights were acquired from Sarah Chalfant at Wylie.
The book was originally conceived as a Rough Guide and according to Rough Guides founder Mark Ellingham (now an associate publisher at Profile), it was “not just an outstanding Shakespeare companion but possibly the best reference book we ever commissioned”.
Neil Constable, chief executive at Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “Andrew Dickson is a respected author and we look forward to providing him with access to the wealth of material from our extensive library and archive, original research led by our in-house academics, as well as the breadth of what is staged in our theatres and the experience of the actors and theatre practitioners. It will be a comprehensively colourful companion; a book for the enthusiast as well as the student and will be complemented by additional play specific resources for undergraduates and A Level students.”
Dickson is a writer and critic for the Guardian and an honorary fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. He writes a popular blog about Shakespeare and is the author of the forthcoming Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys around Shakespeare’s Globe (published by The Bodley Head in October).
Following publication of The Globe Guide to Shakespeare, Profile will be creating a series of brief companions to the individual plays, pairing Dickson’s text with photos from Shakespeare’s Globe’s archive. These will be issued as short books and as e-books and will be published in association with the Globe to coincide with the theatre’s annual seasons of Shakespeare plays.