MEASURE FOR MEASURE
4-23 February 2019
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street
Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
No Performances Sundays |
Running Time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins (including interval)
Previews 4 & 5 February
General Booking 27 November 10am
Priority Booking 20 November 10am
Full £26 | Concessions £23 | Under 16s £16.50
Family £78 | Student standby £15
Previews £18 (all adult tickets)
Schools £15 per pupil Contact Education
"Hence we shall see if power change purpose"
To observe the people from amongst them, the Duke of Vienna hands power to his deputy to re-impose laws that have grown too lax. A young man is sentenced to death for getting his sweetheart pregnant out of wed-lock. His sister - a novice nun - pleads to the deputy for her brother's life. His answer: the brother may live, so long as the sister sleeps with him...what would you do to save your sibling?
Our 40th show kicks-off 2019 with Shakespeare’s unflinching examination of sexual harassment and the abuse of power. Given the current potency of this subject, alongside the #metoo and #timesup campaigns, and the ongoing revelations in the media involving high profile figures, there has never been a more important time to stage this play.
To encourage debate around ingrained preconceptions of gender politics and power structures, every night 6 characters will gender-swap at the interval, enabling audiences to witness the aggressors from both sides. Director Charlotte Conquest returns (Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona) to Holy Trinity Church with a blisteringly modern adaptation of this incredible play.
Once again, Shakespeare shows us how timeless he is...or perhaps this play simply highlights how little society changed in 400 years. Whichever it is, be assured that this production will spark questions...
SEATING: Seating is unallocated and comes on a 'first come first served basis'. Some seating will be at tables, others in rows. All seating will have an excellent and unique view of the action.
"But man, proud man,
Dressed in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assured."
"Be that you are,
That is, a woman; if you be more, you're none."
"My vouch against you, and my place i'th'state,
Will so your accusation overwiegh
That you shall stifle in your own report
And smell of calumny."
"The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most?"