The Merchant of Venice

Thu 19th – Sat 28th Feb 2015

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“16th century Venice. When a merchant must default on a loan from a Jewish moneylender, the creditor demands a gruesome payment instead."”

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

SUMMARY

By William Shakespeare. Directed by award-winning RSC director Bill Alexander.

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.

Exploring the tensions between the experience of true love and the pernicious lure of wealth, The Merchant of Venice engages its audience in a political debate around the conflicting imperatives of justice and mercy.

One of Shakespeare's most subtle and challenging plays, it is a sensitive and poignant lesson in the nature of racism and its consequences.

Admission: £15(£10)

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