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See what the critics thought of Measure for Measure

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    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

    London

    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
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★

'This fresh, insightful version of a morally murky play finds the RSC on flying form'

Mail on Sunday

★★★★

'Gregory Doran’s lucid compelling production....he has a way of making classical theatre excitingly simple and vivid...a luminous clarity.'

The Times

'The city's bawds are an appealingly awful, well-tailored bunch, best of all a gorgeously lubricious Joseph Arkley as the dandyish but deadly Lucio'

The Times

★★★★

'Excellent…a rolling mass of desire, repression and duplicity'

Financial Times

'Grierson's unctuous Angelo bristles with self-importance...Phelp's superb Isabella has a blazing sincerity...while Antony Byrne brings out the dark shadow in the Duke's decidedly strange behaviour'

Financial Times

★★★★

'Gregory Doran’s assured production offers a perfectly judged portrait of public hypocrisy and seething sexuality'

Guardian

★★★★

‘Shakespeare’s abuse-of-power play comes up nicely disturbing, if not dazzling, in Gregory Doran’s RSC production’

Sunday Times

★★★★

'Wunderschon!'

Daily Telegraph

'Lucy Phelps is tremendous...a star in the making; every moment has a static charge'

Daily telegraph

'Antony Byrne is terrific as the vanishing Vincentio, earnest, agitated, both puppet-master and voyeur as he stalks through the action in the guise of a benevolent friar, refusing to declare himself when he should'

Daily Telegraph

'Sandy Grierson is like a coil, wound so tight you’re torn between laughter and terror'

Daily Telegraph

★★★★

'Gregory Doran's insightful realisation of Shakespeare's notorious 'problem play'...is a rare opportunity to see such an effective staging of this difficult text'

Broadway World

★★★★

'Stephen Brimson Lewis' designs are full of shadows and foreboding...creating a real sense of atmosphere, complemented perfectly by Simon Spencer's dramatic lighting and Paul Englishby's evocative music'

WhatsOnStage

'You can tell that the production’s heart is in the right place when the tears well up in one’s eyes in that all-important five-star Shakespearean moment at the end when Mariana begs Isabella to kneel with her to plead for Angelo’s life'

Theatre World