The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Rose Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Watford Palace Theatre present

Overview

It is London in 1936. Fascism is sweeping across Europe, and Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists is threatening to march through the Jewish East End.

Shylock (Tracy-Ann Oberman - Eastenders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner) is a survivor of anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia. A widow, she runs a small business from her dark and cramped terraced house in Cable Street, hoping to give daughter Jessica a better future.

When aristocratic Antonio desperately needs a loan, he makes a dangerous bargain with this woman he has spat on in the street. Will Shylock, bitter from a life plagued by racism and abuse, take her revenge?

A vivid evocation of our history, and a warning for our times.

This production is a collaboration between five leading theatres as a creative response to antisemitism in Britain.

Date & time

Opening 03 Nov
Tue 3 Nov - Sat 14 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1H London, UK · Get Directions
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