MEASURE FOR MEASURE
“Simon Godwin crafts an appropriately unsettling rendition of this disturbing comedy of sexual politics.” – Metro NY
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
A Dark Comedy By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Featuring JONATHAN CAKE, CARA RICKETTS, & THOMAS JAY RYAN
Directed by SIMON GODWIN
“Simon Godwin directs Shakespeare’s problematic play about repression, lust, and hypocrisy—a few human characteristics that never go out of style.” – The New York Times
“One of the best Shakespeare productions this Spring…Simon Godwin crafts an appropriately unsettling rendition of this disturbing comedy of sexual politics.” – Metro NY
“Simon Godwin has turned heads with his…innovative stagings of the Bard’s major works.” – Backstage
Simon Godwin, Associate Director, London’s National Theatre, stages Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare’s dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. Jonathan Cake, Cara Ricketts, and Thomas Jay Ryan lead a company of 12 actors in a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies–a diverse world in which incompatible values collide.
Godwin sets this urgent play in a modern city becoming increasingly authoritarian. The production engages audiences directly with the play’s clashing arguments. Audience members will enter the theatre through hallways transformed into Mistress Overdone’s brothel; some will visit a café where Mariana sings; and twelve will sit around the stage as a jury.
Please note: Measure for Measure contains sexually explicit content which some may find inappropriate for those under 16 years of age.
For this production, the audience will enter the house via a backstage route within the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Patrons are encouraged to come early to allow time for this element of the production. Please arrive by 1:30pm for matinee performances and 7:00pm for evening performances.
Please note: Seats in Row AA are positioned apart from the main seating structure and directly in front of the stage. Click here to view the seating charts for this production.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Join us for our free post-show conversations with artists and scholars that will take place after the
Saturday matinee performances on July 1 and July 8.
Join us for a party with the cast and crew after the evening performance on Sunday, June 18.
Every ticket purchased to that evening performance includes a drink ticket for use at the party.