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Measure for Measure

Synopsis
Video recording of Michael Bogdanov’s 1985 modern dress production of Measure for Measure for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. Alan Scarfe is Duke Vincentio and Barbara March is Isabella.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
29 May 1985

Credits

Director
Michael Bogdanov
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Gary Kulesha
Production Design
Chris Dyer
Cast
Alan ScarfeVincentio, Duke of Vienna
Nicholas PennellAngelo
Barbara MarchIsabella
Joseph ZieglerClaudio
Lewis GordonEscalus
James BlendickProvost
James BradleyFriar Peter
Jefferson MappinBarnardine
John BourgeoisVarrius
Julie KhanerJuliet
Keith DinicolFroth
Maria RicossaMariana
Patricia CollinsMistress Overdone
Richard McMillanLucio
Roger ForbesJustice
Simon BradburyPompey
Stephen RussellElbow
Susan MorganFrancesca, a nun
William DunlopAbhorson

Additional Details

Theatre
Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
Theatre company
Stratford Shakespeare Company, Ontario
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Measure for Measure
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival

Notes

History
The production played in repertory 29 May-8 August 1985.
Stills
`Director Michael Bogdanov’s Measure for Measure interprets Shakespeare’s vexing comedy as a Machiavellian-Freudian world where precise form and ceremony merely gild our dark, libidinous appetites. The platform thrust begins as transvestite cabaret and conventionally dressed supposed audience members are invited on stage to participate in the skin-and-leather high jinks. Bogdanov quickly creates a decadent world of deceiving appearances and implicates the proper middle-class auditors in its corruption’. [Brady, op cit].
Reviews
Weil, Herbert S., Jr. Shakespeare Quarterly 37 (1986): 245-50 (in review article).

Brady, Owen E. Theatre Journal 37 (1985): 506-9 (in review article).

Archive

Name

Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Archive

Contact
ECharendoff@stratfordshakespearefestival.com (Archives Co-ordinator)
Web
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AboutUs/OurHistory/ArchivesServices External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 519-271 1040
Fax
+1 519-271-1040
Address
350 Douro Street
P.O. Box 520
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 3S7
Canada

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