Measure for Measure (2009)
Directed by Dave Hollander
Concerned at the licentious behaviour of Vienna’s citizens, the Duke leaves the city and installs his moralistic deputy, Angelo, as temporary leader. He returns in disguise to observe his protégé’s progress. Brothels are shut down, their owners punished and a new law decrees that sex outside marriage will be punishable by death. Claudio, a young man whose fiancée, Juliet, is pregnant, is called before the authorities, who stand by the law and promise his swift execution as an example to the public. When his virtuous sister Isabella hears of his plight, she leaves her nunnery and pleads with Angelo for Claudio’s life, but there seems little hope of his redemption, until it becomes clear that the new leader is attracted to her virtue. He makes her an offer: Claudio’s life will be spared if Isabella agrees to sleep with Angelo...
Measure for Measure has long been referred to as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, since it is neither comedy nor tragedy, but uses elements of both genres to focus on its themes of morality and hypocrisy. Intensely dramatic scenes contrast with the uproarious brothel comedy of Mistress Overdone, Pompey and the badly behaved residents of the city. The subject matter of a seemingly righteous public figure undermined by his own peccadilloes appears particularly relevant, and the emotions of the characters remain as true to life today as ever.
- VINCENTIO, the Duke - Michael Wilson
- ANGELO, the younger Deputy - Clive Manning
- ESCALUS, the elder Deputy - Alan Brown
- CLAUDIO, a young gentleman - David Workman
- ISABELLA sister to Claudio - Karina Lickorish Quinn
- LUCIO, a friend of Claudio - Tom Hancock
- JULIET beloved of Claudio - Michelle Yim
- MISTRESS OVERDONE, a madam - Samantha Golton
- ELBOW, a constable - Richard Watkins
- POMPEY a barman, pimp and servant to Mistress Overdone - James Hough
- ABHORSON, the executioner - Martin Balanow
- Assistant Director - Louisa Evans
- Stage Manager - Michelle Yim
- Lighting Design - Gavin Parker
- Rigging - Gavin Parker, Caroline Doyle & Jai Campbell
- Sound Design - Dave Hollander
- Sound/Lighting Operators - Caroline Doyle & Jai Campbell
- Costumes - Lisa Thomas
- Set Construction - The cast & crew
- Set Painting - Michael Wilson, Dave Hollander & Clive Manning
- Production photographer - Phil Gammon
- Thanks: Alan Buckman for props; the casts and crews of Stiff (2009) & Nightmares and Nightingales (2009) and Proof (2009); Jess Osorio and the box office team, Matthew Lyne and his legion of cunning bar stewards, Steve Imrie and the front of house volunteers, all of whom do so much to support shows at SLT.
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