The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0316 Wednesday, 16 February 2005
From: Charles Weinstein <
Date: Tuesday, 15 Feb 2005 19:08:59 -0500
Subject: 16.0302 Measure for Measure Production
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0302 Measure for Measure Production
The Birmingham (UK) Rep, 1976, directed by Stuart Burge, starring
Bernard Lloyd as the Duke, David Burke as Angelo, Anna Calder-Marshall
as Isabella, Peter Vaughan as Escalus, a young David Suchet as Lucio and
an even younger Alan Rickman as Friar Thomas. Clearly influenced by
John Barton's landmark RSC production six years earlier, but with its
own take on the characters. Burke's Angelo is still the best I've seen:
an ungainly, grimacing, overgrown baby given to tantrums of thwarted
desire, as uneasy in his gross, clumsy body as in his constricted and
anxious mind. A capricious, amusing and ultimately appalling Duke,
enjoying himself enormously at the expense of all the other characters.
A neurotic and tormented Isabel, the inevitable victim. Lucio
scabrous, crapulous and pox-riddled. Thoroughly Elizabethan and
thoroughly at home in the era. Coarse, purulent and vibrant.
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