The Shakespearean tragic universe comprises furious passions, incredible feelings and strokes of insight. “The time is out of joint”, as Hamlet says.
The connection between generations is lost, we suffer the lack of compassion. One of the crucial tragic themes is the loneliness of human soul tortured by dateless challenges.
The director Yury Butusov returns to Shakespearean plays regularly. In Russia he stages Shakespeare for the 10th time and ‘King Lear’ particularly – for the second time. The production of ‘Measure for Measure’ (2010) of the Vakhtangov Theatre was on tour in London at the ‘Globe theatre’ in 2012. The Guardian rated ‘Measure for Measure’ for 4 stars and the strict theatre critic Mikhail Billington wrote: “A predominantly young company delivers this difficult play with vigour and adjusts to the unique demands of the Globe space by acknowledging the audience without pandering to them’.
I believe this is the right time for Shakespearean tragedy. The world is shaken. We experience colossal changes both in society and in technology, the man is surrounded by totally new sounds, new meanings. Another tempest breaks out.
Premiere was on 27 February 2021