'What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
The Vakhtangov, on the Arbat, is at the heart of Moscow both geographically and theatrically. From humble beginnings in 1913, this company, which began in basements and front rooms, grew to inhabit one of Moscow's most beautiful theatres. Always following the twin influences of Meyerhold and Stanislavsky, of spectacle and psychological truth, it has created many of Russia's most respected productions. This is their first visit to the UK.
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, departs from his kingdom suddenly and inexplicably, resigning power to his deputy Angelo in his absence. Under Angelo's rule, a vigorous campaign against lechery and sexual license begins.
It seems that love is no defence under the newly-fortified laws and one of the first to suffer is Claudio, arrested and sentenced to death for making his lover, Juliet, pregnant before making her his wife.
In desperation, Claudio sends for his sister Isabella, hoping that her virtuous pleading can move the rigid Angelo to repeal his sentence but when Angelo demands a higher price than Isabella is prepared to pay, it becomes evident that not only love but justice is at risk.
The Duke returns disguised as Friar Ludovcio, but will he intervene to spare his people from the not-so-upright Angelo, and how can he respond when young lovers are imprisoned alongside brothel keepers and bawds?
Running time: 137 mins
Directed for the Screen:
Vicentio, Angelo :
Froth, Peter :
Clown, Servant :
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Elaine Charlson Elaine Charlson
Very interesting Russian production of Measure for Measure with the same actor playing both the Duke and Angelo.