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Shakespeare: Measure for Measure: Workshops I and II (1985)

TitleShakespeare: Measure for Measure: Workshops I and II
Release LocationsGB
MediumColor video
Length24 mins
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsMeasure for Measure (documentary)
SeriesOpen University Film Library


One of several programs prepared for the Open University television programs in Great Britain. Not seen in the U.S. According to the BUFVC catalog, each program features a director leading one of the actors through his/her role. In this program, director John Russell Brown shows that Isabella is far more complicated than the priggish moralist that she is usually thought to be. The focus is on Act II, scene ii when Isabella comes to plead with Angelo for Claudio's life. In the second workshop, the scene shifts to III, i, when she informs her brother, Claudio, to his discomfiture, that she considers her maidenhead more precious than his head

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

AngeloMichael Thomas
ClaudioDavid Yelland
IsabellaJenny Agutter
Dir.John Russell Brown

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerDavid Hoyle

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell