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See what the critics thought of Measure for Measure

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 25 mins + 20 mins interval

★★★★Mail on Sunday

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

★★★★The Times

'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'

★★★★Financial 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'


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

★★★★Sunday Times

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

★★★★Daily Telegraph


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'

★★★★Broadway World

'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'


'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'

Theatre World

'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'