17th July, 2014 8pm
Then This Theatre Company presents a semi-staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
Vienna has become a hotbed of vice. In order to better understand his people, Duke Vincentio appoints Angelo as his temporary deputy. Under Angelo’s totalitarian rule, Vienna becomes choked with a culture of anxiety and shame. When a young man named Claudio is condemned to death for premarital sex, he begs his sister, the would-be nun Isabella, to plead with Angelo for his life. Overcome by her beauty, Angelo agrees to spare her brother’s life…if Isabella will sleep with him.
Measure for Measure combines humor with pathos, as a virtuous heroine tries to save her brother and her soul from the lewd desires of a hypocritical villain—with a supporting cast of cheerily debauched characters. One of Shakespeare’s “problem” comedies, Measure for Measure looks at the rewards of virtue and the punishments of vice.