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Measure for Measure at Barbican Theatre tickets
Measure for Measure at Barbican Theatre tickets

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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.

Important information

Playing at: Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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

alicep6 5"3, 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A very good, theatrically restrained production of a difficult play. Top acting. The production design was a bit barebones for RSC... More

jimd3 5' 10", 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes


ashleycampbell 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 92 reviews, 2 helpful votes


andrewf16 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A really enjoyable production. Flawlessly delivered and very engrossing. More

pl6125 186cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes


kimr 160 cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes


jsameal 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes


jacquelinek7 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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