“The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most?”
The Duke hands power to his deputy to reimpose laws that have grown too lax. A young man is sentenced to death for getting his sweetheart pregnant out of wed-lock. His sister, a novice nun, pleads to the deputy for her brother’s life. When he demands sex in return for her brother’s freedom, she threatens to expose him…but who will believe her if she does?
In a world where women are still objectified and whose exposure to sexual harassment continues to be laid at the their own door, what do we think when that status quo is reversed?
Our 40th show kicks-off 2019 with Shakespeare’s unflinching examination of sexual harassment and the abuse of power. Given the explosion of the debate around these subjects and in the wake of campaigns such as #MeToo and Times Up, there has never been a more important time for this play.
In order to encourage discussion around entrenched preconceptions of gender and power structures, six characters will gender-swap at the interval, and the show re-started from the beginning. Rather than focusing purely on the central relationship of Angelo and Isabella, GSC will also gender-swap the roles of the Duke, Mariana, Escalus and Mistress Overdone to enable audiences to further consider the how we view men and women.
Director Charlotte Conquest returns (Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona) to Holy Trinity Church with a blisteringly modern adaptation of this incredible play.
Shakespeare’s unflinching dark comedy is as shockingly relevant today as it was 400 years ago.
POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS EVERY THURSDAY Stay in your seats at the end of the performance to discuss with the cast your views of what you’ve just seen how, and continue the debate.
4-23 February 2019
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street
Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
No Performances Sundays |
Running Time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins (including interval)
Previews 4 & 5 February