Measure & Dido

Impact: Cultural Impact

Description of impact

Professional productions of a Restoration version of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, that included Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. The productions, which starred Sir Derek Jacobi, arose directly from the practice-based research workshop that I co-directed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2014. The productions were mounted at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center (California) and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), with contributions from the Folger Consort music ensemble (Washington, DC).

Who is affected

Theatre companies, music companies, performing artists, general public


This production introduced theatre companies, music companies, performing artists and members of the public to Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare, thus enhancing public understanding of Shakespeare's culture afterlife.
Impact statusCompleted
Impact date01 Sep 201601 Oct 2016
Category of impactCultural Impact
Impact levelEngagement


  • Shakespeare
  • theatre
  • theatre history
  • opera
  • musicology