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Measure for Measure

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 production of Measure for Measure. Directed by Nicholas Hynter with Josette Simon as Isabella and Sean Baker as Angelo.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
20 Nov 1987
Duration
163 mins

Credits

Director
Nicholas Hytner
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Jeremy Sams
Production Design
Mark Thompson
Cast
Roger AllamVincentio, Duke of Vienna
Sean BakerAngelo
Josette SimonIsabella
Hakeem Kae-KazimClaudio
Mark DignamEscalus
Alan ThompsonFriar Peter
Alex JenningsLucio
Bill McGuirkJustice
Carlton ChanceGentleman
David HoweyProvost
David PullanFroth
Derek HutchinsonAbhorson
George RaistrickElbow
Gordon CaseBarnardine
Jane WhittenshawFrancesca, a nun
Jane WhittenshawMariana’s companion (Boy, attendant on Mariana)
Janet AmsburyMariana
Kate LittlewoodJuliet
Linda SpurrierMistress Overdone
Michael LoughnanFriar Thomas
Phil DanielsPompey
Steven ElliottAngelo’s servant (Servant)

Additional Details

Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Measure for Measure
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
"Mark Thompson places the action beneath twin pillars, whose imposing gold bases rotate amid the inevitable smoke to reveal cables, chutes and other functional innards, or to form the towers of a seething jail, complete with medical inspections and slopping out. The stiff, tail-coated court gives way to grinning low-lifes, with the postures of inter-war Berlin, braided knickerbockers, caps from Carnaby Street, and modishly utilitarian footware." Jim Hiley, Listener (19 November 1987).
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Allam, Roger ‘The Duke in The Merchant of Venice’ in Jackson, Russell & Smallwood, Robert (eds). Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearian Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company. (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), pp 21-24. Allam speaks of his playing the role of the Duke in Nicholas Hytner’s production. Wells, Stanley. Shakespeare Survey 42 (1990), pp 129-48, esp. 134-5.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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