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Barbican, London4.620 reviews
Measure for Measure comes to the Barbican and will be directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran

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RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Shakespeare's Measure for Measure showing at the Barbican Centre as part of the 2019/2020 season.

Shakespeare himself wrote this play in the early 1600s and yet the themes of this story seem somehow even more relevant and urgent today. Directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s own Artistic Director Gregory Doran, you won’t want to miss out on this provocative play. Tickets for Measure for Measure at The Barbican are a must for any fan of gripping dramas by the world’s greatest playwright.

What is Measure for Measure about?

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure focuses on Claudio who has just been arrested by the temporary leader of Vienna, Lord Angelo. The Duke has left Angelo in charge, on the pretence of leaving town but disguises himself as a friar to spy on the goings on and discovers Angelo’s stricter and “morally” led side. He bans brothels and unlawful sexual activity, which is how Claudio comes to be arrested and sentenced to death. Claudio’s sister, a novice nun, is compromised by a corrupt officer who offers to save her brother in return for sex. She threatens to expose him, but he insists no one will believe her and she’s left not knowing where to turn for help.

The Measure for Measure cast

The role of Claudio will be played by James Cooney, who has a vast career in working for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His past RSC credits include Horatio in Hamlet, Patroclus in Troilus and Cressida, and Arviragus in Cymbeline.

Sandy Grierson will join Cooney in the role of Angelo. He began work at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012, when he played Ariel in The Tempest. He is most well known for playing Doctor Faustus/Mephistopheles in Maria Aberg’s Doctor Faustus.

Also joining the cast will be Antony Byrne (Antony in Antony and Cleopatra), Joseph Arkley (Richard III in The Almeida’s Rivers), David Ajao (Orlando in As You Like It) and Patrick Brennan (Corin in As You Like It). The cast is completed by Hannah Azuonye, Melody Brown and Tom Dawze.

Who are the creative team behind this RSC production?

The Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran will direct. Doran directed the highly acclaimed Imperium Part I: Conspirator and Imperium Part II: Dictator, which after its huge acclaim at the Swan Theatre, transferred to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre. He popularly directed Shakespeare Live! From the RSC which was hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This special event was nominated for a 2017 BAFTA for Best Live Event.

The creative team is completed by the following: Stephen Brimson Lewis who will design, Simon Spencer who will design lighting, Paul Englishby will design music, Steven Atkinson will design sound, and Lucy Cullingford will design movement.

Don't miss RSC's Measure for Measure at The Barbican this year!

This dynamic drama comes to the Barbican from 12 November 2019 to 16 January 2020 for what is anticipated to be a highly in demand run. Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure tickets at London's Barbican Centre are best booked sooner rather than later, so purchase your tickets now to avoid the disappointment of missing out!

***Also on for the RSC / Barbican 2019-2020 season are Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It.

Additional Information

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

12 November 2019 - 16 January 2020


An audio-described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (11.15am) will be held on Saturday, 14 December at 1.15pm. A BSL-integrated performance will be held on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 7.15pm. A BSL-interpreted post-talk show will be held on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 that is free for same-day ticket holders.

Venue Information

BarbicanSilk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Customer Reviews

20 reviews4.6

Sir Kurt GMM Alberti12th January

Excellent performance.

Dennis Oliver12th January

Excellent acting, effective but simple stage setting, comfortable theater.

Caroline9th January

An enjoyable performance, both funny and thought-provoking

Amalia Granja9th January

Had a wonderful time. Barbican is huge and comfortable. Worth going. Amalia, argentinien tourist

Dineke Austin4th January

The best, most thought-provoking MforM we've seen.

Valery Cherepanov4th January


Alexander Palermo1st January

We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was entertaining and quite crude which added to the fun and humour.

Mark P Jones31st December

A very difficult play to stage. There is a long section at the beginning - which is difficult to follow for those people who do not know the play really well. The set design and lighting were superb. Our 30 year old daughter found the lack of any likeable characters challenging. Whereas grandmother, aged 85, knowing the play was well prepared for tragedy. They thought we, the parents benefitted from seeing the play at Stratford (on Press night) with its unique 3-sided stage.

Bruce Ramell29th December

Basically I loved the production, but I continue to have serious doubts about the number of people in the audience who are really are able to connect with what Shakespeare is saying in every speech. It's easy for the actors to speak too fast in this respect. I realize that it is a problem with the language of his time, (and I am certainly not suggesting any sort of modernizing of the text!!), but might there be a case in C21 to just take huge care of this matter? Last night, I was wondering some of the time if I needed to be able to see the text in surtitle form to help me keep with everything that was said. We need to be able to really connect with Shakespeare's wonderful words.

J Evans15th December

Usual great RSC ensemble performance barring one small niggle: not everyone now speaks the lines with the RSC's legendary verse-speaking quality: I went, unwittingly, to a captioned performance and found it very helpful at moments when the dialogue was naturalistic to the point of gabbling. Barbican auditorium is great for comfort, especially if you're near the end of a row and not having to thread your way through to the centre from the sides [no centre aisle]

Sarah Harris9th December

I’ve wanted to see this play for ages and found it very enjoyable. Good period setting, excellent acting and scenery. Really brought the play to life.

Stephen Lamb8th December

Such an interesting interpretation and truly tragi-comic. Great acting and staging