Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
20 June - 17 October
2 hour 56 minutes
£17 - £43 seats
approx. 2 hours 40 minutes including interval
Claire van Kampen
Please note: this production has now closed
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, disgusted by the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge. Angelo, in his zeal for observing the letter of the law, begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio’s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man?
Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue combine in Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.
'A production that gives us light as well as shade...Dromgoole’s production really sings'
'Rich, messy and human... Mariah Gale gives a performance of delicacy and force as Isabella... As the Duke, Dominic Rowan milks the comedy from the scenes where his character is disguised as a friar, but he also brings a moral intricacy to the role'
'Irrepressively lively... manages to make instantaneous shifts between uproarious bawdy and theatre-hushing seriousness'
'Dominic Dromgoole’s staging finds more broad comedy in this dark, troubling play than you might expect'
'Dominic Dromgoole shows all his experience in his final production in the Globe's outdoor space... Mariah Gale is an outstanding Isabella'
The Sunday Times
'The beautiful eloquence of the verse, and heartfelt nature of the acting, send unseasonal shivers down the spine'
The Daily Telegraph
'Shakespeare without a safety net... It’s noisy, it’s earthy, it’s unruly… Here’s a corking good time, clear enough to make the play count, with a quite astonishing feat of acting at its heart'
Globe Outside In
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Setting the Scene
Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors
Tuesday 30 June
Tuesday 4 August
Tuesday 8 September
Tuesday 22 September
Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives
Wednesday 15 July
Wednesday 5 August
Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to Measure for Measure
Saturday 4 July