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Measure
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William Shakespeare / Cheek by Jowl / Pushkin Theatre / Declan Donnellan
16 - 20 August 2016
The Lyceum

Satirical, shocking and radically stripped back, Measure for Measure from Britain’s Cheek by Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre is a gripping, compelling production of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays.

Indulgent Duke Vincentio leaves Vienna in the hands of his puritanical deputy Angelo, to secretly observe the virtues and vices of his unruly state. When the saintly Isabella pleads with Angelo to release her brother Claudio, sentenced to death for fornication, he agrees on one condition: that Isabella sacrifice her virginity to him.

Measure for Measure is a unique brew of laughter and biting seriousness, unravelling the fractious relationship between the power of the state and the freedom of the individual. Trimmed down to just over 100 minutes, this internationally acclaimed production shines a piercing light on secrets, shame and control, drawing unsettling parallels with contemporary issues of privacy and surveillance.

Cheek by Jowl is one of Britain’s most daring and respected theatre companies, led by co-artistic directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, who have produced work in English, French and Russian across six continents since 1981. They have worked in Russia since 1986, and this, their first collaboration with Moscow’s historic Pushkin Theatre, has been admired for blending the great traditions of Russian theatre with piercing modern perspectives.

Praised for its powerful critique of contemporary Russia as well as the visceral impact of its staging, this is Measure for Measure as compelling political and moral thriller, provocative and subversive.


Declan Donnellan's Russian cast are so electrifyingly intense and disturbing that they make your hair stand on end. ★★★★★

The Times


Contains adult themes and nudity


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  • Language: 
    Performed in Russian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 50 minutes approximately

Venue

The Lyceum

30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

Supported by

Jo and Alison Elliot

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Declan Donnellan Director
Nick Ormerod Designer
Sergey Skornetskiy Lighting designer
Pavel Akimkin Composer
Irina Kashuba Choreographer

Cast Alexander Arsentyev, Alexander Feklistov, Anna Khalilulina, Nikolay Kislichenko, Andrei Kuzichev, Anastasia Lebedeva, Ivan Litvinenko, Alexander Matrosov, Elmira Mirel, Alexey Rakhmanov, Iurii Rumiantcev, Kiryl Dytsevich, Igor Teplov


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Cheek By Jowl
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Pushkin Theatre
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Declan Donnellan
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Measure for Measure | The Times

April 18th 2015

Declan Donnellan's Russian cast are so electrifyingly intense and disturbing that they make your hair stand on end. ★★★★★

Read the full review (The Times)

Review by: 

Kate Bassett
The Times

Measure for Measure | The Scotsman

August 18th 2016

precise and brutal performing energy

Review by: 

Joyce McMillan

The Scotsman

Measure for Measure | The Scotsman

August 18th 2016

The effect intensely kinetic and lyrical

Review by: 

Joyce McMillan

The Scotsman

Measure for Measure | The Scotsman

August 18th 2016

The choreography is superb

Review by: 

Joyce McMillan

The Scotsman

Measure for Measure | The Herald

August 18th 2016

frighteningly relevant

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Review by: 

Neil Cooper

The Herald

Measure for Measure | Financial Times

August 22nd 2016

Stylish but never stylised, there’s a purity to Donnellan’s production. It is full of pregnant images — sniffed seats, straddled double basses — and is always clear-sighted, but it is also often emotionally detached, the result of a tendency to illustrate ideas

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Review by: 

Matt Trueman

Financial Times

Image: Johan Persson


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.

Tickets

Grand circle: £32 £25 £17 £10
Stalls: £32 £25 £22 £10
Stalls boxes: £25
Upper circle: £25 £22 £17 £10

Current discounts

Students: 30% off
Senior citizens : 30% off
Unemployed: 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
Under 18s: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off