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Previous Performances
Russia today anatomised in Declan Donnellan's new show, an immaculate production - trenchant, compelling, and stunning - the entire company are breathtaking.Vash dosug

Cheek by Jowl returns with its new production of Measure for Measure - hailed in Moscow as "a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia" (Novaya Gazeta). With his unique brew of laughter and high seriousness, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice - asking unsettling questions about how we are governed, exploring the "complex relationships between those in power, and ordinary citizens" (Kristina Matvienko).

A corrupt government policing a chaotic city's convents, prisons and brothels... Cheek by Jowl's Measure for Measure, through "a series of swiftly changing spectacular scenes" (Teatral) explodes as " a real thriller, piercing the heart of the entire audience" (Mir 24).

In the words of Nezavisimaya Gazeta: "From every point of view this production is a total success".

Measure for Measure has been nominated for five Golden Mask awards, including Best Large Scale Drama Production and Best Director for Declan Donnellan. For the full list of nominations, visit

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).

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6 Apr 2019 - 7 Apr 2019

Meininger Staatstheater, Meiningen, Germany

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Alexander ArsentyevDuke
Iurii RumiantcevEscalus
Andrei KuzichevAngelo
Alexander FeklistovLucio
Petr Rykov / Kiryl DytsevichClaudio
Alexander MatrosovProvost
Ivan LitvinenkoExecutioner
Nikolay KislichenkoElbow
Igor TeplovBarnardine
Alexey RakhmanovPompey / Friar Peter
Anna KhalilulinaIsabella
Elmira MirelMariana / Mistress Overdone
Anastasia LebedevaJuliet / Francisca

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Assistant DirectorKirill Sbitnev
Lighting DesignerSergey Skornetskiy
ComposerPavel Akimkin
ChoreographerIrina Kashuba


Declan Donnellan's Russian cast are so electrifyingly intense and disturbing that they make your hair stand on end. Kate Bassett, Barbican, London. The Times ›

A gripping moral thriller Sarah Hemming, Barbican, London. Financial Times

Like a punch to the guts Dominic Cavendish, Barbican, London. The Telegraph ›

A punchy reminder that power corrupts Lyn Gardner, Barbican, London. The Guardian ›

real, thought-provoking finesse Paul Taylor, Barbican, London. The Independent ›

A stylish and cut-throat examination Honour Bayes, Barbican, London. The Stage ›

Stunningly encapsulated Michael Coveney, Barbican, London. What's On Stage ›

fascinating and frequently gripping Patrick Marmion, Barbican, London. Time Out ›

Hits new, uncompromising heights of a kind we rarely see on the British stage David Nice, Barbican, London. Arts Desk ›


Declan Donnellan's Measure for Measure furiously evokes contemporary Russia. Hugues Le Tanneur, Les Inrocktibles Read the full review ›
Theatre at its most beautiful. Armelle Heliot Le Figaro Read the full review ›
Here is a world that portrays the oppressive authoritarian regime... where control and corruption go hand in hand. Liberation. Journalist: Hugues Le Tanneur Read the full review ›
Declan Donnellan's Measure for Measure is full of the Russian soul. Phillipe Chevilley Les Echos Read the full review ›
Scenes that are worth all the talk. Didier Méreuze, La Croix Read the full review ›
Remarkable. We salute all of the Pushkin Theatre's actors. Corinne Denailles, Web Theatre Read the full review ›

Donnellan's exquisite mastery is beyond doubt. But here even more importantly he manages to convey with power and conviction the eternal conflict between the self interest of those who rule and the people who crave for mercy; between the double-dealer and those who suffer beneath his yoke. Shakespeare gives a for-all-times definition of the idea of opposition, its meaning only having increased as time has passed, and increased infinitely. Marina Tokareva, Novaya Gazeta
Russia today anatomised in Declan Donnellan's new show, an immaculate performance. Trenchant, compelling, stunning, the entire company are breathtaking. Vash dosug
From every point of view this production is a total success. Nezavisimaya gazeta
Authentically Russian. RBK daily
A shattering portrait of contemporary Russia. Novaya gazeta
Donnellan is not the first foreign director to work in Russia, but probably the first to have felt the true spirit of Russian theatre, its absolute essence. The greatest traditions of Russian theatre pulse through his work. Ria weekend

Photos by Johan Persson