Measure for measure

The ones in power aren’t always in the right…

Shakespeare’s 13th and final comedy. A 400-year-old play dealing with the essential themes of the human condition, morals that are preached by everyone but heeded by none, and how easily power can be abused. The main character of the play is Duke Vincentio, ruler of Vienna, where adultery, prostitution and other indecency has been booming for 14 years despite its strict legislation. Vincentio names the nobleman Angelo as his temporary deputy and disguises himself as a monk to secretly watch as this respectable arbiter of morality and purity attempts to reinstate order. Angelo fails and starts abusing his power.

About the company

Divadlo Pod Palmovkou has been among the most successful and popular Czech theatres for quite some time. It was founded by a group of young theatre enthusiasts in 1948. Throughout its history the theatre has focused on grand stories, staging both classical and contemporary plays as well as pieces by authors of the respective generations.

In September 2017, Divadlo Pod Palmovkou will launch its 70 th theatre season. Dramatisations are currently categorised into two distinct areas: the Grand stage and a studio stage called Studio Palm OFF.


Theatre / company

Pod Palmovkou Theater, Prague / Divadlo pod Palmovkou

Czech title

Něco za něco


William Shakespeare


Jan Klata


Maćko Prusak


Iva Klestilová

Stage design

Justyna Łagowska

Costume design

Justyna Łagowska

Lighting design

Justyna Łagowska

Length of the performance

110 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , English , Subtitles available




Measure for measure – Theatre production of the year 2018 – The Theatreś critics awards – World and Theater; Pod Palmovkou Theater – Theater of the year 2018 - The Theatreś critics awards - World and Theater; Two nomination for The Theatreś critics award – Tereza Dočkalová actress and Jan Vlasák actor; Two nomination for the Theatre Newspaper Award - Jan Klata - Direction and Jan Vlasák - actor ; Jan Klata - Europe Theatre Prize and the XV edition of Europe Prize Theatrical Realities


Ondřej Kubišta