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Measure for Measure Tickets

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Measure for Measure comes to the Barbican and will be directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran
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.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 (20 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Nov 15, 2019

    thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the minimalist stage (mirror) scenery

  • Review Avatar Nov 16, 2019

    We were completely bowled over by this performance. The acting gripped the whole audience and we would recommend this production to anyone. At two and three quarter hours (including interval) like many Shakespeare plays it’s not short, but we never noticed the time. Outstanding!

  • Review Avatar Nov 16, 2019

    The theatre is well designed in terms of viewing, and it is easy to see from any seat. As this is a multi complex venue incorporating a theatre; cinema screens; concert hall; bars and restaurants, it can be confusing to find your way around, especially if it's your first visit, but there are plenty of maps available. As for the performance, it was well acted (as you would expect from the RSC) and well received. Well worth a visit if you're undecided.

  • Review Avatar Nov 17, 2019

    All actors performed to their best - also liked the scenery.

  • Review Avatar Nov 17, 2019

    First class production. Greatly enjoyed.

  • Review Avatar Nov 17, 2019

    The quality of the performance and production was terrific. Loved the costuming in a more modern context. Isabella and the Duke gave compelling rendition that brought Shakespeare to live in the modern era. Tickets were reasonably priced for such a quality performance.

  • Review Avatar Nov 20, 2019

    Overall a very good production: acting, setting, lighting were all of a high standard & brought out the contemporary aspects of the Me- Too issue. Given the subtleties of the language, it was disappointing at times that sometimes key parts of the speeches were spoken too softly as to be inaudible.

  • Review Avatar Nov 29, 2019

    It would take an inspired director to make this difficult play understandable. To what end does the Duke take on the role of a puppeteer? This conventional, literal reading of the play picked up some energy in the 2nd act, but never added up.

  • Review Avatar Dec 8, 2019

    Such an interesting interpretation and truly tragi-comic. Great acting and staging

  • Review Avatar Dec 9, 2019

    I’ve wanted to see this play for ages and found it very enjoyable. Good period setting, excellent acting and scenery. Really brought the play to life.

  • Review Avatar Dec 15, 2019

    Usual great RSC ensemble performance barring one small niggle: not everyone now speaks the lines with the RSC's legendary verse-speaking quality: I went, unwittingly, to a captioned performance and found it very helpful at moments when the dialogue was naturalistic to the point of gabbling. Barbican auditorium is great for comfort, especially if you're near the end of a row and not having to thread your way through to the centre from the sides [no centre aisle]

  • Review Avatar Dec 29, 2019

    Basically I loved the production, but I continue to have serious doubts about the number of people in the audience who are really are able to connect with what Shakespeare is saying in every speech. It's easy for the actors to speak too fast in this respect. I realize that it is a problem with the language of his time, (and I am certainly not suggesting any sort of modernizing of the text!!), but might there be a case in C21 to just take huge care of this matter? Last night, I was wondering some of the time if I needed to be able to see the text in surtitle form to help me keep with everything that was said. We need to be able to really connect with Shakespeare's wonderful words.

  • Review Avatar Dec 31, 2019

    A very difficult play to stage. There is a long section at the beginning - which is difficult to follow for those people who do not know the play really well. The set design and lighting were superb. Our 30 year old daughter found the lack of any likeable characters challenging. Whereas grandmother, aged 85, knowing the play was well prepared for tragedy. They thought we, the parents benefitted from seeing the play at Stratford (on Press night) with its unique 3-sided stage.

  • Review Avatar Jan 1, 2020

    We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was entertaining and quite crude which added to the fun and humour.

  • Review Avatar Jan 4, 2020


  • Review Avatar Jan 4, 2020

    The best, most thought-provoking MforM we've seen.

  • Review Avatar Jan 9, 2020

    Had a wonderful time. Barbican is huge and comfortable. Worth going. Amalia, argentinien tourist

  • Review Avatar Jan 9, 2020

    An enjoyable performance, both funny and thought-provoking

  • Review Avatar Jan 12, 2020

    Excellent acting, effective but simple stage setting, comfortable theater.

  • Review Avatar Jan 12, 2020

    Excellent performance.