Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

4 (3) · Shakespeare

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production of Measure for Measure


A play written by Shakespeare in the early 1600s but whose story and themes feel even more urgent today.

When a novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that nobody would believe her.

In 2017 Gregory Doran directed a spellbinding adaptation of The Tempest at the Barbican.

Critic reviews

The production is to-the-point and the actors do well but never fully arrest the audience’s attention

The Upcoming

A compelling production

Broadway World

Of the trio in repertory, Measure for Measure may be the least performed, but on this showing it's far from the weak link of the season

WhatsOnStage (Stratford run)

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

The Guardian (Stratford run)

Punchy but often oppressively bleak take on Shakespeare’s problematic problem play

The Stage (Stratford run)

Ravishing but safe RSC take on Shakespeare’s play about sex, power and surveillance in the Viennese court

Time Out

It has an admirable clarity and precision, and a coolness that points up male authority’s indifference to female suffering.

The Times

The play-off between morals and power is hardly tested beyond a superficial level. It feels distinctly behind the times

The Arts Desk

A Mirror For Our Times


Date & time

Show ended
Tue 12 Nov - Thu 16 Jan, 1.15pm & 7.15pm


Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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