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Measure for Measure

Closed November 7, 2015

It's young, it's vivid and it's raw. Hill-Gibbins' aesthetic is irreverent and anachronistic.

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Why See Measure for Measure?


Romola Garai stars in the Young Vic's new production of Shakespeare's problem play Measure for Measure, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. Exploring sexual promiscuity and the ensuing moral panic in 1600's Vienna, we follow the quest of a young postulant Isabella, who is forced to abandon her vocation in order to save her brother from execution for having unlawful sexual relations. Corruption, duplicity and deception abound in this dark comedy as Isabella is faced with a choice that could save her brother's life - or destroy hers.

What is it about?

When nobleman Claudio is arrested for immorality by impregnating his unmarried lover, he finds that the law comes down harshly on him, as the usually benevolent Duke of Vienna has taken a leave of absence, leaving the puritanical and hypocritical Angelo to rule in his stead.

It is up to Isabella, Claudio's astute, virginal sister to plea to Angelo to spare her brother's life, inventing a tale of a shipwreck. Angelo agrees to consider her brother's life - if she will sleep with him. Isabella faces a stark choice, but help is at hand in the form of a mysterious friar who appears at the right time. They conspire to fool Angelo into thinking Claudio is dead, whilst blackmailing him into marrying his former lover Mariana.

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Previews from: 31 October 2015

Opening night: 2 November 2015


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

To be confirmed by producers

Cast and Creative


Romola Garai as Isabella

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Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Dramaturgy by Zoe Svendsen

Design by Miriam Buether

Costumes by Nicky Gillibrand

Lighting by James Farncombe

Sound by Paul Arditti

Casting by Amy Ball

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