The Merchant of Venice

Sat 9 Jul to Sat 16 Jul 2016

PLAYHOUSE

£36 - £9.50*

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I will not hear thee speak; I’ll have my bond.

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. 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 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.

Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole

Cast

Stefan Adegbola - Launcelot Gobbo

Stefan Adegbola

Launcelot Gobbo

Andy Apollo - Lorenzo

Andy Apollo

Lorenzo

Raj Bajaj - Solanio

Raj Bajaj

Solanio

Jolyon Coy - Gratiano

Jolyon Coy

Gratiano

Dan Fredenburgh - Bassanio

Dan Fredenburgh

Bassanio

Michael Hadley - Duke of Venice/Tubal

Michael Hadley

Duke of Venice/Tubal

Colin Haigh - Balthasar

Colin Haigh

Balthasar

John Hastings - Ensemble

John Hastings

Ensemble

Christopher Logan - Prince of Arragon/Stephano

Christopher Logan

Prince of Arragon/Stephano

Dominic Mafham - Antonio

Dominic Mafham

Antonio

Brian Martin - Salarino

Brian Martin

Salarino

Dorothea Myer-Bennett - Nerissa

Dorothea Myer-Bennett

Nerissa

Rachel Pickup - Portia

Rachel Pickup

Portia

Jonathan Pryce - Shylock

Jonathan Pryce

Shylock

Phoebe Pryce - Jessica

Phoebe Pryce

Jessica

Giles Terera - Prince of Morocco

Giles Terera

Prince of Morocco

Meghan Tyler - Ensemble

Meghan Tyler

Ensemble

Company

Writer William Shakespeare

Director Jonathan Munby

Designer Mike Britton

Composer Jules Maxwell

Reviews

The Merchant of Venice

★★★★
"Jonathan Pryce is electrifyingly good"

Time Out

The Merchant of Venice

★★★★★
"The Globe at its best"

The Mail on Sunday

The Merchant of Venice

★★★★
"A finely balanced, intelligent production"

The Times