Measure For Measure


Measure For Measure

15 Apr 2015 - 25 Apr 2015

£21.00 - £26.00

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7 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
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A ruler who doesn’t know how to rule, a bureaucrat seduced by his newfound position and a novice nun faced with an appalling dilemma. In this chaotic world, where prisons, convents and brothels are policed by a corrupt regime, only conflict and self-interest prevail.

Shakespeare’s brew of laughter and high seriousness asks questions about the relationship between ordinary citizens and those in power. Declan Donnellan draws out their topicality with his taut modern-dress update, matching Russian theatre traditions with swiftly changing scenes played out in vivid abstract settings.

Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl brings its Russian company to the Barbican for the fifth time in a performance hailed by the Moscow press as breathtaking.

Ages 16+
Performed in Russian with English surtitles.


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“[Donnellan's] superb Russian cast are so electrifyingly intense and disturbing that they make your hair stand on end. ”

Kate Bassett (The Times)

“Taps the play’s sense of a governmental experiment gone hideously awry... [A] punch-to-the-guts. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“A stylish and cut-throat examination that turns Shakespeare’s problem play into an incisive critique of Mafioso politics. ”

Honour Bayes (Time Out, The Stage)

“Fascinating and frequently gripping Russian production of Shakespeare’s tale of sexual prohibition. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Stunning account of Measure for Measure... The 13-strong Russian company are a constant kinetic presence... Pungently fresh. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“It’s got punch and powerful moments... A reminder that power corrupts, mercy is never easy, and forgiveness sticks in the gullet”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Entirely fresh... The poetry, the bestiality and the hypocrisy all sound as natural as breathing to this company. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

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