The Nottingham Playhouse Company.
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
The Nottingham Playhouse.
Directed by John Neville
This production opened at Nottingham Playhouse on 22 September, 1965.
Vincentio, the Duke
Angelo, the Deputy
Escalus, a councillor
Claudio, a young gentleman
Lucio, a fantastic
Two other like gentlemen
Peter, a friar
Elbow, a simple constable
Froth, a foolish gentleman
Pompey, a pimp, servant to Mistress Overdone
Abhorson, an executioner
Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner
Secretary of Angelo
Isabella, sister to Claudio
Mariana, betrothed to Angelo
Julietta, beloved of Claudio
Francisca, a nun
Mistress Overdone, a bawd
Guests, Waiters, Convicts, Guards, Citizens
Uriel A. Paul Worika
The action takes place in Vienna
The time is the present
Interval of 15 minutes
The last professional production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in Nottingham was during the Shakespeare Birthday Festival presented in the spring of 1921, at the Nottingham Repertory Theatre, then in its second season at the former Grand Theatre in Hyson Green. This Victorian theatre had been greatly transformed by Mrs. Edward Compton to provide a permanent home for the forty years old Compton Comedy Co., and Nottingham's first bold experiment in repertory.
Measure for Measure was presented as the third week of a Festival season which had already seen productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor: and it was followed by Much Ado About Nothing and Othello. Each of the five productions ran for a week, and then played in repertoire during the sixth and final week.
The eminent Dublin Abbey Theatre actor-producer, W.G. Fay, was producing for the company at this time, in association with Viola Compton and H. Worrall-Thompson. The part of Angelo was played by Bellendon Clark, Isabella by Ellen Compton, and there was a Neville in the programme - Gerard Neville, playing Lucio, a Fantastic. These, and all others appearing, were members of the resident company.
It is not without significance that this 1921 production - the only professional one in the city during the present century - has looked across a span of forty-five years, from one repertory theatre to another, awaiting revival.