‘Language is his power. His characters are precisely the words they speak’ A. S. Byatt
A young man is condemned to death for breaking a law forbidding sex outside marriage. When his sister pleads with the Lord Angelo to save him, he offers her a bargain – her brother’s life in exchange for her virginity. One of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic plays, Measure for Measure is a morally complex drama of intricate moves and countermoves that explores falsehood, justice and humanity’s best and basest instincts.
Used and Recommended by the National Theatre
General Editor Stanley Wells
Edited by J. M. Nosworthy
Introduction by Julia Briggs