16-18 Dec 2005. Londons Complicit Theatre presents Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare in a co-production with the National Theatre as part of the Spielzeiteuropa 05|06 Festival at the Berliner Festspiele. Described by the Observer as brutal, contradictory, unresolved: barbaric and Christian and modern, this updated version of one of Shakespeares least classifiable dramas is directed by Simon McBurney with video projections by Sven Ortel. The play addresses a variety of themes including justice vs. mercy, the use and abuse of power, the vagaries of human nature and the complicated issue of sexual mores. The Duke of Vienna pretends to leave town, leaving his second-in-command, Angelo, in charge of the city; but then he returns disguised as a friar to observe goings-on in his supposed absence. Simon McBurney plays the Duke, with Angus Wright as Angelo. This is Complicits fourth appearance in Berlin. On 17 Dec there will be a talk with the audience after the performance. The play is performed in English with German sur-titles. Admission 27,60, 18,40. Performances start at 20.00.
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