Winner of three 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards including
Best Mainstage Production
Best Direction (Benedict Andrews)
Best Stage Design (Ralph Myers with Sean Bacon)
This is a permissive, decaying city with a dysfunctional government, and the Duke has mysteriously gone on leave. In his place he’s appointed a man whose “urine is congealed ice” – the austere moralist Angelo. His first act of law is to apply the death penalty for fornication: Claudio is the first to be condemned. But when Isabella arrives to beg for her brother’s life, her pleas threaten to bring Angelo and the state to their knees.
Measure for Measure is Shakespeare’s great dark comedy about desire and power. His world is familiar: sex is a commodity, government is subject to the leader’s moral whimsy, extreme liberality goes head to head with emergency powers to constrain and punish. And lurking in the shadows of this play is the idea that real wisdom comes from unleashed chaos.
Benedict Andrews was last at Belvoir St in 2007 with his brilliant production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He’s returned to tackle a play he’s probably born to direct: Shakespeare’s magnificent and explicit meditation on anarchy and authority.
Theatre for the open-minded.
By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Benedict Andrews
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Video Designer & Operator Sean Bacon
Assistant Director Duncan Graham
Sound Operator Jeremy Silver
Assistant Lighting Designer Tom Willis
Floor Technician Jonathan Yeoman
Stage Manager Nell Ranney
Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer
… a fine and thought provoking production.John McCallum | The Australian
This is thrilling, emotionally turbulent theatre … 9/10.Elissa Blake | The Sun-Herald
… [a] dazzling production … Performed with a simmering intensity by an excellent cast.The Daily Telegraph
The most exciting theatre I’ve seen all year … Don’t miss it.Oz Baby Boomers