Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company

Nun in all white sits in front of a man with a hand on her shoulder

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production of Measure for Measure, a play written by Shakespeare in the early 1600s but whose story and themes feel even more urgent today.

When a novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official 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.

Following his spellbinding production of The Tempest in 2017, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran transports Shakespeare’s dark comedy to 1900s Vienna. In a conflicted society of promiscuity and puritanical law, this new production unveils a shadowy world of repression and dubious morals, which feels astonishingly urgent today.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance RSC 2019

Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins including an interval. 

Sat 14 Dec, 1.15pm
Audio-described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (11.15am)

Tue 14 Jan, 7.15pm
BSL-integrated performance

Tue 14 Jan
BSL-interpreted post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation.

Includes a limited number of premium seats at £75*

Multi-buy discount: £30 off when you buy a Premium or Band A ticket for all three RSC 2019 productions at the same time. 

Offer available until 28 May. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

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£39.50 for Monday to Friday performances for groups of 10+. 

Up to 4 under 18s tickets at half price with every full price ticket. Valid for Monday to Thursday performances. Up to a maximum of 8 per booking – not available on Premium Seats. 

Schools, Colleges and Universities
£18 tickets for UK schools (£16 for RSC Education Members) available for Monday to Thursday performances. £25 tickets (£18 for RSC Education Members) for UK colleges or universities. 1 free teacher’s ticket is available for every 10 students. £25 tickets for International schools, colleges and universities.

Over 60s
20% off for Monday and Tuesday evenings and midweek matinee performances. Maximum of 9 per transaction.

16–25 Year olds
20 tickets at £5 available for every performance for individuals aged between 16 and 25. Available over the phone or in person. Individuals must make the booking themselves, maximum two per person. All tickets will be held for collection at the Box Office until one hour before the performance when proof of ID will be required. 

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Exclusions apply. Discounts are not available on lowest price tickets and are subject to availability. Discounts do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.

A limited number of £10 day seats are available in person at the Barbican Box Office from 10:30am on the day of the performance.

All discounts are subject to availability, at the discretion of the RSC/Barbican Box Office and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

*Excludes £3 booking fee


‘Gregory Doran’s assured production offers a perfectly judged portrait of public hypocrisy and seething sexuality‘
‘Lucy Phelps is tremendous... A star in the making; every moment has a static charge‘

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