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Measure for Measure London Tickets
Measure for Measure London Tickets
One of The Bard's most beloved comedies gets a 21st-century upgrade in this striking new production. It's a major part of the programme of Shakespeare's old theatre, and the perfect play for newcomers and dedicated fans alike. Measure for Measure London tickets offer a chance to reacquaint yourself with this masterpiece.
Officially one of Shakespeare's comedies, this is sometimes referred to as a "problem play" because it doesn't follow the normal rules of Shakespeare. Set in Vienna, it is like many of Shakespeare's comedies, involving love and quite a few cases of mistaken identity. At the centre of the play are the lovers Claudio and Julietta, who are facing the possibility of execution under the city's strict laws against fornication. Many characters on the outside struggle to gain a stay of execution, which creates some comic misunderstandings and quite a few breaches of the anti-fornication law. Unlike other comedies, it treats the matter of death quite seriously, and serves as an expert meditation on the nature of sin, justice and mercy.
This production has a long-term residence at the world's greatest Shakespeare venue, The Globe Theatre in London. This is where The Bard himself staged his works, providing entertainment to the peasants and gentry alike during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. You haven't really seen Shakespeare until you've seen it at The Globe.
Throughout history, the play has been adapted to suit the sensibilities of contemporary audiences. The Restoration Period was a time when plays were bawdy and quite naughty, even by modern standards, and the lascivious elements of "Measure For Measure" were played up. During that time, the characters from "Measure For Measure" and "Much Ado About Nothing" were combined into a single sex comedy called "The Law Against Lovers." The Victorians went the other direction, and insisted on heavily edited versions of the play, sometimes entirely removing characters like Pompey Bum.
The sparkling cast is lead by Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo. Kurt was last seen in the James Bond movie "Skyfall," and has appeared in Globe productions such as "Henry V." Naana Agyei-Ampadu plays Juliet, having appeared in shows such as "Avenue Q," "Feast at The Young Vic" and an award-nominated turn in "Been So Long." The key supporting role of Pompey is portrayed by Trevor Fox, a Shakespearean veteran who has also appeared in movies like "Billy Elliot" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." Isabella is played by Mariah Gale, whose Shakespearean credits include playing Ophelia opposite David Tennant's Hamlet in the BBC TV production.
The only question concerning William Shakespeare is whether he's the greatest writer of all time or the greatest English writer. Shakespeare changed the English language and is credited with inventing up to 1700 words. His original text of "Measure For Measure" introduced the words "belongings," "advertising," "arch-villain," "distracted," "gnarled," "sanctimonious," the verb "to sneak" and the phrase "not budge one inch.
The Globe Theatre is home to a production company founded by the American director Sam Wannamaker. They host Shakespeare productions in the venue throughout the year and organise educational programs throughout the UK. This production is directed by Dominic Dromgoole, who has a huge list of Shakespearean credits to his name. He has been artistic director of The Globe since 2005.
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