Dominic Dromgoole directs Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice Measure For Measure.
Combining injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue, Measure For Measure tells the story of Duke of Vienna, Vincentio, who, in disgust of the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge.
In his zeal for observing the letter of the law, Angelo begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio’s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man?
Shakespeare’s Globe’s Artistic Director Dromgoole directs the production as part of his final season at the helm of the venue. His recent productions include Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi, in which Gemma Arterton appeared as the title character, and Gabriel.