Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

3.9 (12) · Shakespeare, Contemporary

The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?


Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer.

The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns.

Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018.

Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice.

Critic reviews

I could champion almost every actor in this innovative and highly effective juxtaposition of Shakespeare’s harrowing tale, and really hammer home its importance today

A Younger Theatre

Shakespeare’s play undergoes extra scrutiny in this intelligent double production

Financial Times

Shakespeare expertly retooled for the #MeToo era

The Telegraph

Sex, power and shock as Atwell and Lowden reverse roles

The Guardian

Intriguing but flawed attempt to explore issues of sex and power through the lens of Shakespeare

The Stage

Rourke’s high-concept production strives to make us think about hypocrisy, sex and power, but feels like an Everyday Sexism lecture

The Times

Measure for Measure makes for an enthralling few hours of theatre


Role reversal raises unsettling questions about gender and power

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Until Sat 1 Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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