Today on Shakespeare’s birthday, it was announced the theatre company are offering a livestream of their production of Measure for Measure for free on Youtube.

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Theatre company Cheek by Jowl have announced they will be making its production of Measure for Measure available for audiences to watch for free through the company’s Youtube channel.

Directed by Declan Donnellan for the company and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, the production embarked on an international tour before opening at the Barbican on 16th April 2015. It is performed in Russian with English subtitles,Measure for Measure joins the company’s production of The Winter’s Tale (2017) which will now be streamed until 25th May.

With his unique brew of laughter and high seriousness, in Measure for Measure, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice – asking unsettling questions about how we are governed, exploring the “complex relationships between those in power, and ordinary citizens” (Kristina Matvienko).

Hailed in Moscow as ‘a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia’ (Novaya Gazeta), the production was filmed in April 2015 at the Barbican. It is a show that is suitable for those aged 16+.

Measure for Measure is available to view through Cheek by Jowl‘s Youtube channel until the 25th May.