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Barbican Theatre

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs a new production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s seventeenth-century tale that feels strikingly relevant today.

One of a series of RSC productions arriving at the Barbican in 2019, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Measure of Measure, Shakespeare’s tale of corruption in seventeenth-century Vienna.

When the Duke leaves Vienna disguised as a friar, his deputy Angelo is left in charge, and soon reinstates a law that sentences a young man, Claudio, to death for getting the girl he intends to marry pregnant. Claudio and his friends beg his sister, Isabella, to leave her convent and convince Angelo to spare him. What the corrupt leader offers in response would break all of Isabella’s vows as a postulant – but can she put that aside to save her brother’s life?

Gregory Doran has been described as one of the great Shakespearians of his generation. Since his appointment as RSC Artistic Director in 2012 he has programmed many successful seasons and directed several groundbreaking productions, including the 2018 production of Trolius and Cressida, which was the first time the RSC had mounted a full-length Shakespeare play with an equal gender balance.

Measure for Measure stars Lucy Phelps (Witness for the Prosecution, Julius Caesar) as Isabella, Sandy Grierson (Othello/Macbeth, Dido) as Angelo and James Cooney (Hamlet, This Must Be the Place) - who will also star in the season’s production of The Taming of the Shrew - as Claudio.

A tale of corruption and family ties, Measure for Measure plays at the Barbican from 12th November 2019.

Sorry this show closed 16 January 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
16 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 12+
Audience Notes:
If you want to see how Shakespeare’s themes can still resonate with the modern day, then this new production of Measure for Measure is for you.

Measure for Measure Reviews

13 Reviews
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User Reviews


Director Gregory Doran has (yet again) offered a strong adaptation with his trademark clarity of both character and plot. Measure for Measure can be an uneven play, but the lack of bells and whistles and an unobtrusive set design really helps this pr Read more

Performance date: 12 November 2019

A very good, theatrically restrained production of a difficult play. Top acting. The production design was a bit barebones for RSC standards but I prefer that to the kind of silly gimmicks seen in their recent production of The Tempest, for example. Read more

Performance date: 12 November 2019
Performance date: 13 January 2020
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