Measure for Measure / Edinburgh International Festival 2016

Measure for Measure - International Festival

William Shakespeare
Cheek by Jowl / Pushkin Theatre / Declan Donnellan

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.

Supported by
Jo and Alison Elliot

Performed in Russian with English supertitles
Contains adult themes and nudity

Cast and Credits


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


Alexander Arsentyev, Alexander Feklistov, Anna Khalilulina, Nikolay Kislichenko, Andrei Kuzichev, Anastasia Lebedeva, Ivan Litvinenko, Alexander Matrosov, Elmira Mirel, Alexey Rakhmanov, Yuri Rumyantsev, Petr Rykov, Igor Teplov

Dates, Times & Prices

16 - 20 August 2016

16 - 20 August

20 August

Running time Approximately 1hr 50mins

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  • £10 – £32, fees apply

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