Measure for Measure is about many different things; it always strikes me as a very modern play. It’s a play about control and how one of the ways that we are controlled, by not only governments, but by churches and other institutions that seek to control us, is shame. We are controlled by shame. It starts with parents and it develops, and it is an extremely good way of controlling people.

– Artistic Director Declan Donnellan, 2014


Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall


Produced by Cheek by Jowl and the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow in a co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid (INAEM). The first performance of Measure for Measure was on 6th December 2013 at the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow. Measure for Measure was live-streamed from the Silk Street Theatre at the Barbican on 22nd April 2015.

Measure for Measure was live-streamed from the Silk Street Theatre at the Barbican on 22nd April 2015. The recording of this performance is available to be watched for educational and research purposes. Please contact if you would like to view the recording.

We are offering viewings of Measure for Measure livestream recording to independent researchers and students, for free, via their school, college or higher education institution.

The package consists of the full recorded play (filmed professionally with four cameras) accessible via a private link from our YouTube channel – with subtitles in English, as well as a dedicated 27 page education pack featuring essays, interviews and classroom or homework exercises. The pack (in PDF format) is integrated with the recording of the production, so students have instant access to relevant scenes and moments in the play at the click of a mouse. A brief guidance summary is also included for teachers.

If you are interested in receiving the Measure for Measure Education Pack and Livestream Recording, please contact our Education Officer:

t: + 44 (0) 207 382 7202

Note: While the production has been given 16+ guidance rating by UK theatres, we believe teachers can use their discretion and decide whether to show the production in its entirety to younger students or withhold certain scenes.

Anna Khalilulina. Photo - Johan PerssonPhotography: Johan Persson

E-Trailer for Measure for Measure

Audience reactions to Cheek by Jowl’s Measure for Measure. Recorded at Silk Street Theatre, London on 17th April 2015.

Audience reactions to Cheek by Jowl’s Measure for Measure. Recorded at Oxford Playhouse, Oxford on 28th April 2015

Alexander ArsentyevThe Duke
Alexander FeklistovLucio
Anna KhalilulinaIsabella
Nikolay KislichenkoElbow
Andrei KuzichevAngelo
Anastasia LebedevaJuliet/Francis
Ivan LitvinenkoExecutioner
Alexander MatrosovProvost
Elmira MirelMariana/Mistress Overdone
Alexey RakhmanovPompey
Yuri RumyantsevEscalus
Petr RykovClaudio
Igor TeplovBarnadine

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Assistant DirectorKirill Sbitnev
Lighting DesignerSergei Skornetsky
ComposerPavel Akimkin
ChoreographerIrina Kashuba
Technical DirectorAlexander Solomin
LightingPavel Bolotin
SoundEvgeniia Bilinkis
WardrobeElena Vorobyeva
PropsEkaterina Vitushkina
MakeupElizaveta Pravosudova
StagehandVladimir Mazlov
Stage ManagerMarina Krymova
Surtitle EditingAnna Kolesnikova
Surtitle Operator & InterpreterLiliia Kazakova
Consultant ProducerAnna Kolesnikova
General Manager of the Pushkin TheatreAnna Volk
Artistic Director of the Pushkin TheatreEvgeny Pisarev
Production PhotographyJohan Persson

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