Cheek by Jowl + Pushkin Theatre, Moscow's

Measure for Measure

January 27 - 31, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A World's Stage Production from Russia
by William Shakespeare
directed by Declan Donnellan
designed by Nick Ormerod

★★★★ One of the clearest and most involving pieces of theatrical storytelling on a Chicago stage

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Hailed as “a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia” by Novaya Gazeta, this gripping production received five Golden Mask Award nominations, including Best Director for Declan Donnellan and Best Large Scale Drama Production. With a unique brew of laughter and darkness, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love and justice—asking unsettling questions about how we are governed, and exploring the complex relationships between those in power and ordinary citizens. Founded in 1981, London-based Cheek by Jowl has performed the world over. The company has a longstanding history of creating works with Russia's leading artists, and this marks its first co-production with the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow.

Performed in Russian with projected English translation.



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Critical Acclaim

"The great virtue of this production is that it combines a solar plexus punch with real, thought-provoking finesse about the issues."
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The Players

Creative Team

Declan Donnellan Director

Nick Ormerod  Designer

Kirill Sbitnev  Assistant Director

Irina Kashuba  Choreographer

Sergey Skornetskiy Lighting Designer

Pavel Akimkin  Composer


Alexander Arsentyev The Duke

Alexander Feklistov  Lucio

Anna Khalilulina  Isabella

Nikolay Kislichenko  Elbow

Andrei Kuzichev  Angelo

Anastasia Lebedeva  Juliet / Francisca

Ivan Litvinenko  The Executioner

Alexander Matrosov  The Provost

Elmira Mirel  Mariana / Mistress Overdone

Alexey Rakhmanov  Pompey / Friar Peter

Yuri Rumyantsev Escalus

Petr Rykov  Claudio

Igor Teplov  Barnardine

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