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Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare

1 Oct – 14 Nov 2015

Main House

Show information

“There are no half measures in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ radical version… an astonishing Romola Garai”
The Guardian

“The most scabrously funny take I've seen on Shakespeare's profound comedy... Romola Garai in wonderfully impassioned form"

"Joe Hill-Gibbins is the perfect director to tackle Measure for Measure… side-splittingly funny… Romola Garai shines”
Time Out

“A bold, wildly unorthodox staging with an audacious aesthetic”
Financial Times

“Joe Hill-Gibbins is a madcap arch provocateur”
Sunday Times

“A fast and furious staging – elusive, slippery and unshiftingly dark”
The Observer

“Electrifying… riveting theatre”

"Designer Miriam Buether creates…  a brilliant visual metaphor”
What's On Stage 

"A radical Young Vic production”
The Arts Desk

"Director Joe Hill-Gibbins offers a bold, anarchic take. Fresh, strange and irreverent."
Evening Standard 

"A characteristically take-no-prisoners production from a directorial iconoclast"
New York Times

Joe Hill-Gibbins tackles Shakespeare’s dark comedy in his peerless audacious style. 

Whorehouses and nunneries, betrothals and beheadings – welcome to Vienna!  When the puritanical Angelo condemns Claudio to death, the undercover Duke of Vienna turns to bed tricks and head tricks to see justice done.

With this wickedly dark exploration of gender and justice, Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his hit Young Vic production of The Changeling  

Click here to see what audiences are saying about the show so far.


Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm 
(except 28 Oct) 

Running time: 1 hour, 55 mins (no interval)

Flashing light effects are used in this performance.   


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £27.50, £35 
Previews: (2 - 7 Oct) £10, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

A note for teachers
At the Young Vic we offer a number of school group bookings for every performance rather than dedicated schools performances. Due to extraordinary demand, school group bookings are no longer available for Measure for Measure. For more information, please ring our Welcome Team on 02079222922.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

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In the press

Mark Lawson on why Measure for Measure is more relevant than ever - The Guardian

Joe Hill-Gibbins and Romola Garai talk to BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking NB: Coverage begins at 28:58

Joe Hill-Gibbins talks to The Independent on Sunday about the appeal of Measure for Measure

Guardian webchat: Romola Garai discusses Measure for Measure, motherhood and misogyny on TV

'I'm a ticking grenade of gender anger' - Romola Garai talks to ES Magazine

Announcement: Measure for Measure at the Young Vic - Romola Garai leads cast in Shakespeare's play - Evening Standard

Direction Joe Hill-Gibbins
Dramaturg Zoë Svendsen
Design Miriam Buether
Costumes Nicky Gillibrand 
Video Chris Kondek
Light James Farncombe
Sound Paul Arditti
Movement Imogen Knight  

Hammed Animashaun
Tom Edden
Romola Garai
Ivanno Jeremiah
John Mackay
Sarah Malin
Paul Ready
Natalie Simpson
Raphael Sowole
Zubin Varla
Cath Whitefield
Matthew Wynn

Access performances

Audio described performance
31 Oct 2.30pm

Captioned performance
5 Nov 7.30pm

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