The Merchant Of Venice 2021

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A ‘heart-wrenching’ ★★★★ (The Guardian) and ‘tremendously sensitive’ ★★★★ (The Stage) production of The Merchant of Venice is told by candlelight in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

In a world where money turns the wheels, men call the shots, and your religion or race can open or close doors, some win and some lose.

If Jewish Shylock plays by the rules, will he win?

If his daughter Jessica joins the rule-makers, can she lose?

Unless the powerful few simply change the game to suit themselves.

Director Abigail Graham (MUM, Soho) and the company reclaim Shakespeare’s disturbing tale. Looking at the story in a contemporary context, the production asks us to confront and question our own prejudices in the here and now.

This production contains racism, including antisemitism and anti-black racism. It also includes strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, flash photography and loud noises.

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DETAILS

TICKETS
Galleries (Seating) £59 – £15
Standing £5

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including an interval

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Terms and conditions
A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online and over the telephone.

Part of Winter 2021/22

Coronavirus (Covid-19) safety measures

We are See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre. This certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry guidelines to provide a Covid-secure environment for all our artists, staff, and visitors.

Access

Everything you need to know about our access offering, including a full list of upcoming access performances for Winter 2021/22.

Reviews

★★★★★

‘Bold and modern reimagining… utterly tragic, yet simultaneously mesmerising’

WHATSONSTAGE

★★★★★

‘A fresh perspective … tonight was a good night’

JEWISH RENAISSANCE

 

 

★★★★

‘Heart-wrenching […] sharply told’

THE GUARDIAN

★★★★

‘A very smart production […] utterly superb’

GAY TIMES

★★★★

‘A delicate and artful rethinking’

EVENING STANDARD

 

 

★★★★

‘Radical and movingly mournful’

THE TIMES

★★★★

‘Tremendously sensitive and deeply insightful’

THE STAGE

PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Rehearsal Trailer (2022)

[IMAGE] A hand holds aloft a lit candelabra in a dark, shadowy room. White text reads: The Merchant of Venice Watch video

Who is Shylock? (2022)

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CAST & CREATIVES

Introducing The Merchant Of Venice company & creatives.

  BLOGS & FEATURES

Antonio The Merchant of Venice Globe on Tour 2016 Shakespeare's Globe
Plays, Poems & New Writing 

Religion, kinship, and race in The Merchant of Venice

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England and the Jews Geraldine Heng Illustration by Daren Lin
Medieval & Early Modern History 

England and the Jews, before Shakespeare

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Ghetto The Merchant of Venice Globe on Tour 2016 Shakespeare's Globe blog card
Medieval & Early Modern History 

In the Jewish Quarter

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