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Measure for Measure



June 28, 2019
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Stinchcombe Theatre Club


Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB United Kingdom
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Measure for Measure

Vienna is beset with brothels and loose morality, but the Duke is unwilling to use his authority to clean up the city and departs, dressed as a friar. He leaves his deputy, Angelo, in charge, and although reluctant at first, Angelo soon starts to make changes.

A young man, Claudio, gets the girl he intends to marry, Juliet, pregnant. Under a forgotten old law that Angelo has just reinstated, Claudio is arrested and sentenced to death. Angelo revives other harsh laws and threatens to demolish all the brothels. Meanwhile, the Duke returns to the city in disguise.

Lucio, Froth and others (who regularly visit Mistress Overdone’s brothel) are shocked to hear of Claudio’s fate and agree that Lucio should visit Claudio’s sister, Isabella, in her convent. They persuade her to leave the convent and appeal to Angelo to spare her brother.

Angelo offers to spare Claudio’s life if Isabella will sleep with him, but she is about to become a nun and so refuses in order to protect her chastity. Isabella visits her brother, Claudio, in prison and explains Angelo’s offer and her refusal. The Duke, disguised as a friar, overhears their conversation. Claudio begs Isabella to submit to Angelo, but she refuses. The disguised Duke tells Claudio to prepare for certain death, but secretly tells Isabella of a plan to save Claudio’s life without violating her vow of chastity. He reveals that Angelo has treated his ex-fiancee, Mariana, very badly and puts Isabella in touch with her.

Isabella and Mariana fool Angelo into sleeping with Mariana. Isabella agrees to submit to Angelo as long as it is in the dark and no one speaks but, instead of her, Mariana keeps the agreed meeting. Angelo will then have committed the same ‘crime’ as Claudio.

Constable Elbow brings Pompey into the prison for being a pimp. Lucio meets the disguised Duke and pretends that he knows the Duke well, describing him as immoral. The Duke is outraged and determined to get revenge. Mistress Overdone and a group of prostitutes are also imprisoned. Mistress Overdone discloses that Lucio has made one of her prostitutes pregnant and refused to marry her.

Tickets and Travel

Club Price including two course meal at RSC, the return coach and drivers tip is £78.00 each.
Non-Members £88.00 each

Famous Quotes

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed plays, but several quotes from it are well known.

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
(Lucio, Act 1 Scene 5)

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
(Escalus, Act 2 Scene 1)

Condemn the fault and not the actor of it?
(Angelo, Act 2 Scene 2)

O, it is excellent
To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.
(Isabella, Act 2 Scene 2)

Is this her fault or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?
(Angelo, Act 2 Scene 2)

The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
(Claudio, Act 3 Scene 1)

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good.
(Duke, Act 3 Scene 1)

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
(Duke, Act 3 Scene 1)

O, what may man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!
(Duke, Act 3 Scene 1)

Truth is truth
To th’end of reck’ning.
(Isabella, Act 5 Scene 1)

Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure,
Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure.
(Duke, Act 5 Scene 1)

What’s mine is yours and what is yours is mine.
(Duke, Act 5 Scene 1)