Woman and man on stage, woman looks upset

Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare

Measure for Measure, written between 1603 and 1604, is seen as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays due to its shift in mood. Vienna is beset with brothels and loose morality, so it's up to the Duke to provide some divine intervention.

  • 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:

23 July, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Past productions

Our productions of Measure for Measure over the years have included some famous actors playing the virtuous Isabella: Judi Dench in 1962; Francesca Annis in 1974; Juliet Stevenson in 1983; Josette Simon in 1987; Stella Gonet in 1994; Emma Fielding in 2003.

View the gallery below to see production photos from some of these and other performances of the play.