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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Contemporary society and Shakespeare’s political epic collide, revealing truths of authority, love and justice.

Russian Flag UK FlagFROM RUSSIA/UK
OCT 24 - 28, 2018

Audience Raves

"It’s only here until Sunday, but you absolutely must make time."
- Chris Ehlers, Dig Boston
"One of the greatest productions of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen"
- Alan Levitan, from the blog
"Loved Measure for Measure at @ArtsEmerson last night!! Here till Sunday"
- @theatre_boston
"Excellent...strongly recommend."
- Irka Tulip, Audience Member

Critical Praise

"Vivid & uncommonly moving...unsettling poignancy."
- CRITIC'S PICK, The New York Times
“transfixing, eerily current”
- The Boston Globe
"The best production of Measure For Measure I have ever seen!"
- Joyce Kulhawik
“If you love theater, see this show...simmering, electric, emotional. It’s Shakespeare made vital and startling.”
- Jared Bowen, WGBH Arts Editor
"Streamlined to just under two hours without intermission, Shakespeare's play seems fresher than ever in the era of Weinstein and #MeToo. It truly almost feels like a newly written work."
- EDGE Boston
"Should not be missed."
- Boxing Over Broadway
"Performed entirely in Russian on a stage bare except for four, enormous, red cubes, this modern interpretation has a stark beauty and a fluid physical presentation that transcends the need to understand the language."
- Theatre Mirror
"A punchy reminder that power corrupts”
- The Guardian
"Rarely has it been presented so dynamically and deftly, trimmed down so much that it lasts under two hours, uninterrupted, and moves at such a breathless pace nobody would stand for an intermission anyway."
- Broadway World
"The production contained such visceral power and emotional truth that there were audible gasps and quite a few tears from the audience. No one should miss this production."
- DC Theatre Scene
"The show moves like wildfire...This particular production certainly hits the bull's-eye."
- The Chicago Tribune
"Combines a solar plexus punch with real, thought-provoking finesse about the issues.”
- The Independent
"The play does it all.”
- What's On Stage
"Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod build a whole world out of the human form...Strengths that transcend words."
- Washington Post

International Press

"A shattering portrait of contemporary Russia"
- Novaya Gazeta
"Complex relationships between those in power, and ordinary citizens"
- Kristina Matvienko
"From every point of view this production is a total success"
- Nezavisimaya Gazeta