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    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.

    Performance dates: 16 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020

    Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 12+

    Special notice: 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.

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    Latest audience reviews

    Director Gregory Doran has (yet again) offered a strong adaptation with his trademark clarity of both... More

    alicep6 13 Nov 2019

    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 production fly. The acting is uniformly strong, coherent and cohesive, the relocation into 1940s Europe works well - and most importantly for me, the conclusion manages to hit the right balance between humour and darkness. Well worth a visit if you're trying to decide which RSC production to pick at the Barbican this season!

    alicep6 13 Nov 2019

    A very good, theatrically restrained production of a difficult play. Top acting. The production design... More

    jimd3 24 Sep 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. It allows the text to be star, not the spectacle.

    jimd3 24 Sep 2019
    ashleycampbell 27 Jan 2020

    Can't say I liked it that much. The Duke, mind you, is excellent - with a nice comic touch, disturbed... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer11 Jan 2020

    Can't say I liked it that much. The Duke, mind you, is excellent - with a nice comic touch, disturbed from his few days' respite to discover that his deputy isn't all that he hoped. And the acting, in general, is spot on - as you'd expect from the RSC. I liked the staging, with a projected backdrop that tells you exactly where each scene is set. But.. it's a bit dry. In particular, the novice just annoyed me - I know she's fighting for her chastity, but honestly, she just comes across as shrill and preachy. And how the duke ends up wanting to marry her (SPOILER!) is, frankly, beyond me. I'd run a mile myself.

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer11 Jan 2020
    andrewf16 Top 100 reviewer10 Jan 2020

    A really enjoyable production. Flawlessly delivered and very engrossing.

    pl6125 15 Nov 2019
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