Tour Venues

Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool
Saturday 9 – Saturday 16 July
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Lincoln Centre Festival, New York
Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 July
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The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington
Wednesday 27  – Saturday 30 July
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 August
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Guangzhou Opera House, China
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 September
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Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
Monday 7 – Sunday 11 September
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National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 September
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Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai, China
Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 September
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Poly Theatre, Nanjing, China
Wednesday 28 September
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Globe Theatre, London
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 15 October
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Teatro Goldoni, Venice, Italy
Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 October
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Reviews

Review
'A finely balanced, intelligent production'
The Times 

Review
'Jonathan Pryce is electrifyingly good'
Time Out


'The Globe at its best'
The Mail on Sunday

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The Merchant of Venice

On a national and international tour then playing a limited run in the Globe Theatre

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Saturday 9 July – Friday 21 October 2016

Touring to venues in the UK, the USA, China and Italy

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours 45 mins including an interval

Creatives


Director
Jonathan Munby

Designer
Mike Britton

Composer
Jules Maxwell

Originally produced by
Dominic Dromgoole 

Cast


Stefan Adegbola
Launcelot Gobbo

Andy Apollo
Lorenzo

Raj Bajaj
Solanio

Jolyon Coy
Gratiano

Dan Fredenburgh
Bassanio

Ignatius Anthony
Duke of Venice/Tubal

Colin Haigh
Balthasar

John Hastings
Ensemble

Christopher Logan
Prince of Arragon/Stephano 

Dominic Mafham
Antonio 

Brian Martin
Salarino 

Dorothea Myer-Bennett
Nerissa 

Rachel Pickup
Portia 

Jonathan Pryce 
Shylock

Phoebe Pryce
Jessica 

Giles Terera
Prince of Morocco

Meghan Tyler
Ensemble

View cast headshots on the blog →

Credits


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Please note: this production has now closed.

Synopsis


In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia, a wealthy heiress. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Background


In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre. A revival of the thrilling 2015 Globe production with Jonathan Pryce as Shylock. 

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