Sydney Theatre School Gives Shakespeare’s Darkest Comedy a Contemporary Makeover
Sydney Theatre School’s second year students are travelling across the globe in August to give Edinburgh audiences a preview of the next generation of rising Aussie acting talent in a cutting-edge contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
Before they leave, the production will be performed in Sydney at our Chippendale campus for a strictly limited season.
A world of seedy nightclubs; exotic dancers; political corruption and even a gay-marriage proposal twist at the end highlight the contemporary themes which resonate throughout the production and make it a unique and must-see event.
Sometimes described as a ‘problem play’, Measure for Measure is Shakespeare’s dark comedy about justice, morality and mercy in which a nun pleads for her brother’s life and unleashes the lust of the strict deputy who offers to spare him – in exchange for her virginity.
The Duke of Vienna has handed the reins of his government to Angelo, only to discover that Angelo’s rigid adherence to the law is tainted with hypocrisy. A young nobleman, Claudio, is sentenced to death for premarital relations with a woman to whom he is betrothed. His fate is thrust into the hands of his sister, Isabella, who now must choose between her brother’s life and her own salvation. Wickedly comic and strangely tender, Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays.
“The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?”
Sydney Theatre School was established in 2005 and since then has launched the careers of several up and coming Australian actors. We offer a three-year full-time professional actor training program with many of Australia’s leading actors; directors and teachers on staff. This will be our second Edinburgh Fringe production following the season of This Mortal Coil in 2009 which received four stars from Three Weeks.
Measure for Measure will be performed at STS Studios from June 16 to July 25 and at theSpace on North Bridge in Edinburgh from Monday 4th August – Saturday 9th August 2014
Production: Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Venue: Sydney Theatre School – Level 1/45 Chippen Street CHIPPENDALE 2008
Dates: June 16, 18 & 20 plus July 11, 18 & 25
Tickets: $25 Full / $20 Conc.