Why See The Merchant of Venice 1936?
Tracy-ann Oberman is shylock
One of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, the embittered money lender Shylock, returns in a wholly new setting, as The Merchant of Venice is transported to 1930s London for a compelling reimagining in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company! Featuring Dr. Who and Eastenders star Tracy-Ann Oberman in the role of Shylock, this profound production explores how the classic work would play out during at a crucial period of British history.
A searing portrait of intolerance and the lure of money, it might surprise you to learn that The Merchant of Venice is in fact noted as a comedy in the First Folio. With this version's Shylock a headstrong businesswoman building a future for her child, it's a tale of drive, authority and the interplay of politics and social turbulence.
Opening night: 15 February 2024
Two hours with interval
And before you stop reading
This is an adaptation of the original text, which contains themes of racism, including anti-Semitism.
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
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