by William Shakespeare
Often considered one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice deals with religious intolerance, hate, greed, vengeance and love. In many ways, it is as relevant today as when it was first performed over four hundred years ago.
A young Venetian needs money to woo a rich heiress. His friend Antonio, a merchant, wants to help but his money is tied up. While he waits for his investments to pay off, Antonio asks Shylock (a Jewish moneylender) for a loan – and they strike an unusual, and dangerous, bargain. The plot rapidly unfolds and tension mounts, with riddles that need to be solved, young lovers running away in the middle of the night, disguises, intrigues, missing jewellery and a life-or-death courtroom scene.
Fittingly, this Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players production sets the play in the 1980s – a time when instant wealth was everyone’s goal and politicians said there was no such thing as society. The Merchant of Venice is, above all, a dark and very modern tragedy.
|Running Time:||2.5 hours|
|Date:||Tues 21th – Sat 25th July 2020|