Andrew Dickson

The lecture of the well-known writer and journalist Andrew Dickson is built around his new bestselling book “Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe” in which he shares insights of what Shakespeare means across the world and throughout the years. 

An anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, Nazi pin-up, hero of the Wild West: Shakespeare’s plays appear at the most fascinating of times and in the most unexpected of places.

No other writer’s work has been performed, translated, adapted and altered in such a remarkable variety of cultures and languages. Drawing from fascinating research in his newly published book, Andrew Dickson tells stories from his travels around the world and examine the playwright's many images, from the Chandos Portrait to Chinese reinterpretations.

The lecture took place on 28 April 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".


Andrew Dickson is an author, journalist, critic and one of the leading researchers of Shakespeare. He regularly writes for The GuardianThe New Yorker and The New Statesman. His recent book Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe came out in 2015 from Bodley Head/Vintage and instantly made it to the top of the bestsellers list. Andrew focuses on how Shakespeare’s works are adapted in different countries and epochs. 

Currently, he gives lectures around the world, makes regular appearances as a critic and presenter on BBC radio and TV, and writes a respected Shakespeare-related blog -