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Measure for Measure

Closed November 15, 2017

A high-energy approach that both challenges convention and pays homage to this lyrically complex language.

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Why See Measure for Measure?

"Measure" gets physical!

The Obie-winning company behind Gatz makes a long-awaited return to the Public Theater, celebrating their 25th anniversary with an innovative new version of Shakespeare's problem play. Known for their high-octane slapstick and theatricality, Elevator Repair Service's latest challenge sees a completely new spin (pun intended) on the Bard's 1604 comedy drama, set in 17th-century Vienna. It will be directed by ERS founder John Collins.

what is it about?

Exploring sexual promiscuity and the ensuing moral panic in 1600's Vienna, we follow the quest of a young postulant, Isabella, who is forced to abandon her vocation in order to save her brother from execution for having unlawful sexual relations. Corruption, duplicity and deception abound in this dark comedy as Isabella is faced with a choice that could save her brother's life - or destroy hers.

It is up to Isabella, to plea to the city's ruler, Angelo to spare her brother's life, inventing a tale of a shipwreck. Angelo agrees to consider her brother's life - if she will sleep with him. Isabella faces a stark choice, but help is at hand in the form of a mysterious friar who appears at the right time.

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Opening night: 18 September 2017


Suitable for ages 13+

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Photo by Paula Court

Cast and Creative


Rinne Groff
Lindsay Hockaday
Maggie Hoffman
Mike Iveson
Vin Knight
April Matthis
Gavin Price
Greig Sargeant
Scott Shepherd
Pete Simpson
Susie Sokol


Written by William Shakespeare
Created by Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins

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