Tickets: Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1EJ Phone: 01722 342860
Written By: William Shakespeare
Directed By: Ann Acton & Theo Ross
Dates: July 24th – 28th
Measure for Measure is not among the most well known of Shakespeareʼs plays. Yet it has gripping dramatic scenes,wonderful language, comedy and a wide range of excellent roles for actors.
Through the Dukeʼs failure to impose the laws governing morality, Vienna has become decadent and unruly. Unwilling to appear tyrannical by changing his approach,he gives out his intention to travel away. In his place he leaves his Deputy, Angelo, who is well known for his strict abstinence and puritanical virtue. In fact the Duke remains to observe the outcome disguising himself as a Friar and moving among the people. Very soon Angelo has condemned to death a young man, Claudio, whose fiancee is pregnant.
Claudio calls on his sister, Isabella, a novitiate, to plead for him. In the course of two magnificent scenes of confrontation, the “incorruptible” Angelo is moved, not by pity or argument but by passionate desire to seduce Isabella. He promises to pardon Claudio if she will yield to him. Isabella confides in the Duke/Friar. He sets up a plan to use Mariana, a lady once jilted by Angelo, to help deliver justice and mercy in due measure, a plan which proves more complicated in practice.
A bunch of comic characters, from the shameless gossip, Lucio, to Elbow the put upon Constable, to Mistress Overdone and Pompey Bum her tapster and bawd, bring to life the corrupt state of law and manners in Vienna.
This years Shakespeare will again be part of the RSA’s Open Stage Project.
|Vincentio – Duke of Vienna||–||Derrick Foord000|
|Lord Angelo –Deputy to the Duke||–||Richard Clarke|
|Lord Escalus – Elder statesman||–||Graham Thomas|
|Claudio – A young gentleman||–||Mark Stevens – Powell|
|Isabella – Claudioʼs sister||–||Emily Prince|
|Julietta – Claudioʼs fiancee||–||Hebe Fletcher|
|Mariana – Formerly engaged to Angelo||–||Caroline Walford|
|Lucio – man about town and scandal monger||–||Nick Goodman|
|The Provost – Chief law officer and gaoler||–||Simon Haseley|
|A Gentle man – friend to Lucio||–||Steven Findlay – Wilson|
|Francisca – a nun||–||Mary Rawlinson|
|Elbow – a constable||–||Paul Marsh|
|Mistress Overdone – brothel keeper||–||Sally Marshall|
|Pompey Bum – tapster||–||David Taylor|
|Froth – very young and foolish gentleman||–||Teddy Woolgrove|
|Abhorson – Executioner||–||Steven Findlay – Wilson|
|Barnadine – a drunken prisoner||–||Mark Stevens – Powell|
|Mistress Overdpne’s Maid||–||Debbie Brown|
|Assistant Director||Theo Ross|
|Stage Manager||Cath Angell|
|Set Design||Alistair Faulkner|
|A S M Prompt||Joanna Newth|
|A S M’s||Ruth Clarke|