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Education resources

Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    Until 29 Aug 2019

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  • On Tour

    various venues
    across England

    25 Sep 2019 - 4 Apr 2020

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  • Barbican


    12 Nov 2019 - 16 Jan 2020

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  • In Cinemas

    Broadcast live on 31 Jul 2019

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  • Running time:

    2 hrs 17 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

22 July, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Measure for Measure is the story of Claudio who is arrested for immoral behaviour by Angelo, the man temporarily in charge of Vienna. As the play unfolds Claudio's sister Isabella works to ensure he is released. 

This play is often referred to as one of Shakespeare's problem plays, and allows lots of opportunities to discuss ideas of justice and law. As well as this, there are lots of themes you can use as routes into the text:

  • Wealth and Corruption
  • Religion and faith
  • Forgiveness and Mercy

There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:


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