New take on the Bard

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Portsmouth Players in rehearsal for The Full Monty

Portsmouth Players dare to bare as they go The Full Monty at The Kings Theatre

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Bench Theatre’s latest production of Measure for Measure is a unique take on Shakespeare’s rarely-performed dark comedy.

Presented with an all-female cast the play offers a unique perspective on the Bard’s work.

Jane Swindells, a 30-year Bench veteran plays the role of hypocritical villain Angelo: ‘I am really enjoying it,’ says Jane. ‘I think you can just be a person and the gender becomes irrelevant. It’s just about finding the character.’

Director Jacquie Penrose says: ‘Measure For Measure is an inky-dark comedy exploring law and justice, sex and hypocrisy, in a world that has lost its moral compass. It is a male-dominated society in the midst of moral panic and we wanted to take a fresh look at it through female eyes.

‘Shakespeare himself was fascinated by gender ambivalence, having no choice but to cast young boys in his female roles.’

Measure For Measure appears at the Spring Arts Centre, Havant from July 17–19 and July 23–26. Tickets:£8, concessions: £6. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit