The Merchant of Venice
Globe On Tour
7 May - 9 September
Globe Theatre and touring venues
|TicketsYard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) from £22||Running timeTo be confirmed|
‘Thy frank election make’
All’s Well That Ends Well, Act II, scene 3
We will be taking Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice on tour to various venues across the world. On the night of the performance, audiences will vote on which play they want to see performed. The tour will start and end on the Globe stage. For Globe performances, you can either choose to see a specific performance, or come to a ‘Voter’s Choice’ performance where the decision will be in your hands. Please refer to the dates and locations below for details.
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Public booking opens Monday 29 January, 10.00am.
How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour. We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household.
So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. And also in keeping with tradition – and with thrilling unpredictability – the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience.
Brendan O’Hea, director, actor, and passionate education practitioner, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure(2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).
‘The combination of Shakespeare, the Globe and touring ticks every box for me. The chance to share those glorious words and my experience of playing that beautiful theatre with audiences throughout the world excites me beyond measure. And I’m relishing the opportunity to direct three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in a unique and unpredictable presentation.’
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’.
In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises 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.
Join us at the Globe at the start and end of the tour to watch one of the three plays on a specific date, or attend one of the weekend performances where the Globe audience will choose the play.
Monday 7 May, 7.30pm - Twelfth Night
Tuesday 8 May, 2.00pm - Twelfth Night
Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm - Twelfth Night
Friday 11 May, 2.00pm - The Taming of the Shrew
Sunday 13 May, 1.00pm & 6.30pm - The Taming of the Shrew
Monday 14 May, 7.30pm - The Merchant of Venice
Tuesday 15 May, 2.00pm - The Merchant of Venice
Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm - The Merchant of Venice
Friday 18 May, 2.00pm & 7.30pm - Voter’s Choice
Thursday 6 September, 2.00pm - Twelfth Night
Friday 7 September, 7.30pm - The Taming of the Shrew
Saturday 8 September, 2.00pm - The Merchant of Venice
Sunday 9 September, 1.00pm & 6.30pm - Voter’s Choice
Chilham Castle, Kent
Friday 25 May, 7.00pm - The Merchant of Venice
Saturday 26 May, 2.00pm - Twelfth Night | 7.00pm - The Taming of the Shrew
Sunday 27 May 2018, 1.00pm & 6.00pm - Voter’s choice
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor
Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 June
Auditorio Niemeyer Avilés, Spain
Saturday 16 June
On Sale from March
Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain
Tuesday 19 -Thursday 21 June
On Sale in March
Art Carnuntum, Austria
Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 July
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 July
On sale from Wednesday 17 January 2018
Brighton Open Air Theatre
Wednesday 11 - Saturday 14 July
Oxford Bodleian Library Quad
Tuesday 17 - Sunday 29 July
More venues to be announced.
Booking dates, prices and details vary by venue. Please check at time of booking.