The Hogarth Shakespeare Project was launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, and was continued by publishers from over 28 countries. For Romania, the publishing house is Humanitas Fiction and the series is coordinated by Denisa Comănescu. Launched at the initiative of British publishing house Hogarth, the Hogarth Shakespeare series proposes the review of Shakespearean masterpieces by some of the best-known contemporary writers, re-imagining them for the 21st century. The authors involved in the project and their novels featuring reimagined Shakespeare plays are: Jeanette Winterson - The Gap of Time, Howard Jacobson - Merchant of Venice, Anne Tyler - The Taming of the Shrew, Margaret Atwood - The Tempest, Tracy Chevalier - Othello, Edward St Aubyn - King Lear, Jo Nesbø - Macbeth, Gillian Flynn - Hamlet.
British Council has supported this project from the very beginning, being actively involved in the launches and promotion of the volumes included in the series and in the events organized following the start of the project. One of these events was the visit of the famous writer Howard Jacobson to Romania.
This series was part of Shakespeare Lives, a year-long global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The programme was run by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign and celebrated Shakespeare as a playwright for all people and all nations. More than 140 countries took part in the festivities, with people experiencing Shakespeare through film screenings, exhibitions, performances and in schools, alongside a programme of unique online collaborations. You can find more details about the programme on our Shakespeare Lives page.