“Vienna is beset with brothels and loose morality, but the Duke is unwilling to use his authority to clean up the city and departs, dressed as a friar. He leaves his deputy, Angelo, in charge, and although reluctant at first, Angelo soon starts to make changes.
When a young novice nun is compromised by Angelo, 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 no one would believe her”.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs a new production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’, a play which, although written in the early 1600s, remains astonishingly resonant today.
Sandy Grierson, who took on the roles of Faustus and Mephistopheles in Maria Aberg’s 2016 production of ‘Doctor Faustus’, will play Angelo, with Lucy Phelps (Dido, Queen of Carthage, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra) in the role of Isabella, and Antony Byrne (King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra) returning to the company to play the Duke.
Full casting includes David Ajao (Pompey), Joseph Arkley (Lucio), Hannah Azuonye (Lady), Patrick Brennan (Abhorson/Friar Thomas), Graeme Brookes (Mistress Overdone/Barnadine), Melody Brown (Justice), James Cooney (Claudio), Tom Dawze (Froth), Amanda Harris (Provost), Karina Jones (Sister Francisca), Sophie Khan Levy (Mariana), Alexander Mushore (Gent), Michael Patrick (Elbow), Claire Price (Escalus) and Amy Trigg (Juliet).
The creative team for ‘Measure for Measure’ will include RSC Director of Design Stephen Brimson Lewis (set and costume), Simon Spencer (lighting), Paul Englishby (music), Steven Atkinson (sound) and Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown (fights).
‘Measure for Measure’ will run at the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 28th June to 29th August 2019, with an official opening night on Thursday 4th July.
The production will be broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon on 31st July.
“To whom should I complain?”