The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets
The Merchant of Venice 1936 London
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
Direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company, ambition, power and prejudice explode onto the stage in this thrilling adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of political unrest.
Acclaimed director, Brigid Larmour transports the bard’s classic to 1930s Britain, where tensions in London’s East End are rising, and its inhabitents are close to breaking point. When Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists voice their plan a march through the Jewish neighborhood, the fragile peace threatens to shatter.
Shylock (Tracy-Ann Oberman), a widow, single mother and survivor of attacks on Jewish people in Russia, runs a small business from her home in Cable Street. The industrious and resilent refugee is desperate to protect her daughter’s future, at any cost. When the charming merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her vengeance, and if she does, who will pay the ultimate price?
Don’t miss this electrifying and timely new adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, a fierce and fascinating reminder of a key moment in recent British history.
Critical Acclaim and Fun Facts
- The first recorded performance of The Merchant of Venice was at court on Shrove Sunday, 1605. King James must have enjoyed it because it was performed again two days later.
- Tracy-Ann Oberman is the first woman in the plays 400-year history to play the role of Shylock.
- The Merchant of Venice 1936 has been Nominated for Best Play Revival in the What’s On Stage 2024 Awards.
- The Merchant of Venice 1936 performed a sold out run at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, before embarking on a critically acclaimed UK tour.
The Merchant of Venice 1936 Cast
Shylock – Tracy-Ann Oberman
Portia – Hannah Morrish
Antonio/Arragon – Raymond Coulthard
Bassanio – Gavin Fowler
Mary/Nerissa – Jessica Dennis
Jessica – Gráinne Dromgoole
Gratiano/Police Constable – Xavier Starr
Lorenzo/Maharajah – Priyank Morjaria
Yuval/The Duke/Balthasar/Blackshirt – Alex Zur
Stefania/Blackshirt – Nancy Farino
The Merchant of Venice 1936 Creatives
Director – Brigid Larmour
Costume and Set Designer – Liz Cooke
Lighting Designer – Rory Beaton
Composer – Erran Baron Cohen
Sound Designer – Sarah Weltman
Artistic Associates – Annabel Arden and Richard Katz
Production Manager – Matt Ledbury
Video Editor – Greta Zabulyte
Age restrictionThis production is recommended for ages 12+.
Running time2hrs (inc. interval)
Performance dates15 February 2024 - Saturday 23 March 2024
ContentThis is an adaptation of the original text, which contains themes of racism, including anti-Semitism.
AccessAudio Described Performance: Saturday 9th March 2:30pm, Captioned performance: Tuesday 19th March 7:30pm
PAY NO FEES Valid for Tuesday - Thursday performances 29 February - 21 March 2024. Book by 5pm 6 March 2024.
What’s closing in theatres this month (March 2024)
It may have had an extra day this year, but February, unlike the month before it, went by in a flash! As we enter March, and officially begin a new season, we embrace new sights (blue skies!), new sounds (us, pointing to the sky and exclaiming ‘look, blue skies’) and say a fond farewell to some of our favourite shows.
Thankfully, you have just enough time to catch these productions before the West End welcomes new works. So, whether you’re a fan of classic musicals, award-winning revivals, or fancy something completely different, we have the perfect, last minute, show for you.
24 Feb, 2024 | By Sian McBride