Oct 24—28, 2018
Measure For Measure
Cheek By Jowl / The Pushkin Theatre -- Russia / UK
“CRITIC’S PICK! Vivid & uncommonly moving…unsettling poignancy”
— The New York Times
Contemporary society and Shakespeare’s political epic collide, revealing truths of authority, love and justice.
World renowned director Declan Donnellan brings his signature visceral, unflinching style to Measure For Measure in collaboration with Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre and London’s Cheek by Jowl. Shakespeare’s great, political epic asks vital and unsettling questions about how we are governed and, in the process, unmasks the true nature of authority, love and justice. Performed in Russian with English surtitles, experience Shakespeare’s tale in a ripped-from-the-headlines context that is as shocking as it is revelatory.
Past productions by The 7 Fingers in Boston include Reversible (2017/18), Cuisine & Confessions (2016/17), Traces (2014/15), Sequence 8 (2012/13) and PSY (2010/11).
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Oct 24, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
1 hour, 50 minutes, no intermission
Tickets from $20
Ages 16+ / Includes depictions of violence and brief nudity.
Performed in Russian with English surtitles.
Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to this production, including babes in arms.
“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
“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.”
— Irka Tulip, Audience Member