Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare • 10-12 July 2014 • directed by Carla Suthren
“Is this her fault, or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?”
In a dystopian Vienna, the Duke watches on in disguise as Angelo condemns young and unfortunate Claudio to death for lechery. But Isabella, Claudio’s sister, fills Angelo with desire, setting him on a winding path towards his own moral disintegration.
As one of Shakespeare’s darkest ‘comedies’, Measure for Measure explores themes of sin, temptation, hypocrisy, virtue, and redemption. It probes the all-too-relevant notion of a society’s justice and morality, and asks a very modern question: what does it mean to be good?
Supported by the RSC Open Stages project, WorkSpace Productions perform Shakespeare for the first time since Macbeth in the Blitz, the production that inspired the company to continue creating work together.