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Isabella
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Angelo
Christopher Strauli ...
Claudio
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Lucio
Jacqueline Pearce ...
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Provost
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Mistress Overdone
Ellis Jones ...
Elbow
John Clegg ...
Froth
William Sleigh ...
Barnardine
Neil McCarthy ...
Abhorson
Yolande Palfrey ...
Juliet
Eileen Page ...
Francisca
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When the Duke of Vienna takes a mysterious leave of absence and leaves the strict Angelo in charge, things couldn't be worse for Claudio, who is sentenced to death for premarital sex. His sister, Isabella (a nun-in-training), however, is a very persuasive pleader. She goes to Angelo, but instead of freeing her brother, she gets an offer from Angelo to save Claudio's life if Isabella sleeps with him. The only sympathetic friend Isabella has is a priest who, in actuality, is the Duke in disguise...and he has a plan. Written by Kathy Li

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure  »

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Desmond Davis based the brothel in the play on a traditional Western saloon and the prison on a typical horror film dungeon. See more »

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Version of Maß für Maß (1958) See more »

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A Superior Film!
15 February 2004 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent, comprehendible and thoroughly enjoyable version of William Shakespeare's most disturbing comedy. Hats off to Kenneth Colley for his amazing portrayal of Vincentio, the eerie stage-manager of this unique drama. This is an all-around well done production: a must-see!


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