Measure For Measure
Directed by Mike Rogerson
20th - 27th March 2010
Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna, makes it known that he intends to leave the city on a diplomatic mission. He leaves the government in the hands of a strict judge, Angelo. Under the Duke's government, the city's harsh laws against fornication have been laxly enforced, but Angelo, who later reveals himself as a hypocrite, is known to be a hard-liner on matters of sexual immorality.
Claudio, a young nobleman, is betrothed to Juliet; having put off their wedding, he makes her pregnant out of wedlock. For this act of fornication he is punished by Angelo. Although he is willing to marry her, he is sentenced to death. Claudio's friend Lucio visits Claudio's sister Isabella, a postulant nun, and asks her to intercede with Angelo on Claudio's behalf.
Isabella obtains an audience with Angelo, and pleads to him for mercy. Over the course of two scenes between Angelo and Isabella, it becomes clear that he harbours lustful thoughts for her, and he eventually offers her a deal: Angelo will spare Claudio's life if Isabella will yield him her virginity. Isabella refuses, but she also realises that (due to Angelo's austere reputation) she will not be believed if she makes a public accusation against him. Instead she visits her brother in prison, and counsels him to prepare himself for death. Claudio vehemently begs Isabella to save his life, but Isabella refuses.
The Duke has not in fact left the city, but remains there disguised as a friar, in order to spy on his city's affairs, and especially the actions of Angelo. In his guise as a friar he befriends Isabella and arranges two tricks to thwart the evil intentions of Angelo.
Vincentio, the Duke
Escalus,an ancient Lord
Claudio, a young gentleman
Juliet, betrothed to him
Isabella, sister to Claudio
Lucio, a fantastic
Elbow, a simple constable
Froth, a foolish gentleman
Mistress Overdone, a bawd
Pompey, her pimp
Abhorson, an executioner
|Peter de la Wyche
Barnardine, a drunken prisoner
Mariana, once engaged to Angelo
Francisca, a nun
Thanks to Andrew Savage of Bang and Olufsen in Wilmslow for loan of projection equipment
Thanks also to the Box Office team and all who have contributed to this production in any way
The play was kindly sponsored by:
Espee Design/Chapel Interiors Ltd
A D Lang Butcher, Lindow Parade
|Sound Design and Operator
|Lighting Design and Operator
|The Green Room Team
Due to family bereavements, The Duke (originally played by Martin Pritchard) and Elbow (originally played by Bob Stewart) were replaced at very short notice by Hamish Lawson and Simon Caporn respectively.