For a refreshing new twist on an old Shakespearean favourite, Measure for Measure at the Young Vic Theatre ticks all the right boxes.
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, this unmissable new production takes the already dark comedy and adds an extra layer of macabre mischief.
Set in and around the whorehouses and nunneries of Vienna, this tale of betrothals, betrayals and beheadings is an exploration of mortality and mercy. When Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna, decides to leave the city, he makes the mistake of putting the strict, puritanical judge Angelo in charge. Abusing his new-found power, Angelo sentences a man, Claudio, to death for the supposed crime of getting a woman pregnant. Unfortunately for Angelo, the Duke has returned to the city in disguise and decides to use all the cunning trickery at his disposal to ensure that justice finally takes its course.
An exploration of gender and justice, Measure for Measure’s wildly varying tone is one of its strengths.
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