Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare that was first performed in 1604. The play’s structure is based around secret identities and a great deal of manipulation. It is considered a comedy, albeit a particularly dark comedy given its inherent bitterness and cynicism. Measure for Measure can also be called a problem play because it brings up a difficulty and then seeks to solve it.


Read one-minute Sparklet summaries, the detailed scene-by-scene Summary & Analysis, or the Full Play Summary of Measure for Measure.


See a complete list of the characters in Measure for Measure.

Deeper Study

Go further in your study of Measure for Measure with background information about William Shakespeare and the play as well as ten mini essays about key aspects of the play.