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Measure for Measure

27 January 2023–4 February 2023

Company of Ten



In this pared down, pacy adaptation, Derek Coe cuts out extraneous plotting to focus on issues that resonate with us today – hypocrisy in government, morality, sexual harassment and the wider role of women. Plus, it’s a rattling good yarn.

The Duke of Vienna steps aside from public life, charging his two deputies to tighten up morality laws. However, he disguises himself as a Friar, to see how his deputies go about their reforms. When a young man is sentenced to death, his sister appeals to one of the deputies for mercy – which he offers to grant, providing she sacrifices her virginity to him in return…

This adaptation features comedy, word play, beautiful soliloquies and even a classic ‘bed trick’. It brings out the best of a play which Robert M Smith once described as ‘a merry, bawdy and irresistible evening’s entertainment.’

Ticket information

Dates and times
Friday 27–Saturday 28 January, 8:00pm
Sunday 29 January, 2:30pm
Tuesday 31 January–Saturday 4 February, 8:00pm

Tickets £13
Concessions £12

Credits & acknowledgements

William Shakespeare
Adapted by Derek Coe
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Company of Ten

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