12 Feb 2010 - 10 Apr 2010

Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare

Directed By Michael Attenborough

production information

Vienna is overrun by a rampant and lucrative sex trade. 

Vincentio, the Duke, desperately needs to return order to his city.

He announces that he is to travel abroad on a diplomatic mission and appoints the hardline Angelo in his place, while remaining in the city in disguise to keep a curious and watchful eye.

When Angelo sentences the brother of a novice nun, Isabella, to death for a sexual indiscretion, she approaches Angelo to plead for his life. What follows is a series of shocking revelations, blackmail, sexual scandal and political intrigue.

The cast includes Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear - Burnt by the Sun, Philistines, The Man of Mode (National Theatre), Festen (Almeida), Mary Stuart (Donmar), Margaret Thatcher: The Long Road to Finchley (BBC); BAFTA-winner Anna Maxwell Martin - Poppy Shakespeare (ITV), Cabaret (West End), Bleak House (BBC); and Ben MilesCoupling (BBC), Richard II and The Norman Conquests (Old Vic).

Michael Attenborough, a former Principal Associate Director of the RSC, directs his first Shakespeare production as Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre.

Production Sponsor:

Pinsent Masons

Performance Sponsors:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Clifford Chance LLP

Kirkland Ellis

Dates & Tickets

Ticket prices: £8 - £32
Fri 12 Feb 2010 - Sat 10 Apr 2010

Evening erformances: 7.30pm

Midweek matinees:
2.30pm on 24 February, 3, 17, 24 & 31 March

Saturday matinees:
2.30pm from 20 February

Running time - 2 hours 45 minutes including one 15 minute interval

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

Measure for Measure Production Photos

For the Almeida: Judgment Day.
Theatre includes: A Disappearing Number (Complicite); Chains of Dew; Suppressed Desires (Orange Tree Theatre); Henry VIII (RSC); Ariadne Sells Out (Birmingham Opera); Guantanamo (Tricycle Theatre/West End); After Mrs. Rochester (Shared Experience/West End).
Television includes: The West Wittering Affair; Something for Nothing; Criminal Justice; The Commander; Tales from the Jungle; The Chatterley Affair; Gideon’s Daughter; Mile High; Doctors; Dream Team; The Bill; Casualty; Madness – The Dangermen Story.

‘Michael Attenborough’s production is a     masterpiece…A first rate cast in a great  production of a great play.’

Sunday Times

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‘Diamond-sharp production.

Metro

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‘Michael Attenborough’s production triumphs.’

Observer

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‘Excellent theatre…Ben Miles is particularly compelling.’

Mail on Sunday

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'A brilliantly acted, wickedly well-designed  and bleakly comic interpretation...Every flickering moment in this eerily well-placed production quivers with possibilities…Truly thrilling.'

Independent

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'I liked this intelligent, shifty, troubled Angelo a lot, and Ben Miles’s Duke not much less.’

The Times

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'In Michael's Attenborough's inspired production [the roles] are played with both gravity and a fantastic sparkle...You would struggle to find a more cogent account of this strange, unsettling and at times beautiful play.

Evening Standard

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'Attenborough’s lucid, witty production expertly feels its way through the twists and turns, making the arguments grip.'

Financial Times

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'Attenborough penetrates to the dark heart of this bitter comedy...The scenes between Angelo and Isabella are always the drama’s highlight and I have never seen them better played than they are here.

Daily Telegraph

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'Rory Kinnear's Angelo and Anna Maxwell Martin's Isabella are outsanding.'

Daily Express

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'Michael Attenborough takes Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure and turns this dark thriller of moral corruption that festers at the heart of society into a play explicitly of today.’

Sunday Express

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'Shakespeare’s complex comedy is very much a play for today...Rory Kinnear is outstanding...Anna Maxwell Martin is excellent as Isabella.'

The Guardian

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‘A thoughtful, briskly paced revival.’

The Stage

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'Kinnear and Maxwell Martin alone offer compelling reasons to catch it if you can.’

Whatsonstage.com

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Cast & Creatives

David Annen
Daisy Boulton
Flaminia Cinque
Trevor Cooper
Emun Elliott
Andrew French
Lloyd Hutchinson
Sean Kearns
David Killick
Rory Kinnear
Victoria Lloyd
Anna Maxwell Martin
Ben Miles
Mark Monero
Nick Richards
Jessica Tomchak
Tony Turner

Michael Attenborough - Director
Lez Brotherston - Design
David Hersey - Lighting
Stephen Warbeck - Music
John Leonard - Sound
Imogen Knight - Movement