This modern-dress production featured leather-corseted costumes and a feisty Isabella from Jodie McNee.

A man stands, centre, wearing a leather corset, while two women dress him.
Raymond Coulthard's leather-clad Duke in Measure for Measure, 2011, Swan Theatre
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Roxana Silbert had previously directed Dunsinane and Little Eagles at Hampstead Theatre for the RSC. She approached Measure for Measure as if it was a modern play and, together with designer Garance Marneur, created a Vienna “that is like one vast S&M (sadomasochism) playground. Sex and punishments go together here” Lynn Gardner, Guardian. This prompted critic Charles Spencer, writing in The Daily Telegraph, to suggest that the RSC should change its name to the 'Really Sadistic Company'.

The vigorous production was also notable for strong performances from Jodie McNee as Isabella “taut, prim, holy heartlessness melting into grief, rage and final acceptance of loving sexuality” and Raymond Coulthard’s magician Duke “half-noble, half-trickster, forever conjuring letters from his sleeves with a smug-crooked smile” Libby Purves, The Times, 25 November 2011.

Discover more about how director Roxana Silbert approached the play in the video Falling in Love with Measure for Measure.

Programme cover for Measure for Measure 2011 showing a composite profile head of man and woman with crown against a red background



Swan Theatre

Bruce Alexander - Provost

Jamie Ballard - Angelo

Teresa Banham - Francisca

Geoffrey Beevers - Escalus

Paul Chahidi - Lucio

Raymond Coulthard - Duke Vincentio

Laura Darrall - Angelo's Servant

Catherine Hamilton - Mariana

Youssef Kerkour - Abhorsen/Gentleman 1/Varrius

Joseph Kloska - Pompey

Sam Marks - Friar Peter/Froth/Gentleman 2

Annette McLaughlin - Mistress Overdone

Jodie McNee - Isabella

Ian Midlane - Elbow/Messenger

Sarah Ovens - Juliet

Mark Quartley - Claudio

Daniel Stewart - Barnardine/Justice



Director - Roxana Silbert

Designer - Garance Marneur

Lighting - Chahine Yavroyan

Music and Sound - Dave Price

Movement - Ayse Tashkiran


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