The Merchant of Venice


In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia, a wealthy heiress. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock.
Twelfth Night

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Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - comedy
Venue: Shakespeare's Globe
Started: Monday 14 May 2018
Closed: Saturday 8 September 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

Background


How did a company tour in Shakespeare's day?


We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour.


We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household.


So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare's Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.


They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. And also in keeping with tradition - and with thrilling unpredictability - the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience.


Brendan O'Hea, director, actor, and passionate education practitioner, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare's Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).


Synopsis


In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia, a wealthy heiress.


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 dramatises 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.


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Dates


Previews from:Monday 14 May 2018

Closes:Saturday 8 September 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday 14 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm


Matinee:

Tuesday 15 May, 2.00pm

Saturday 8 September, 2.00pm


Tickets


Standard:

Yard (standing) £5


Gallery (seated) from £22


Cast


Luke Brady - Bassanio

Steffan Cennydd - Lorenzo / Old Gobbo / Duke

Cynthia Emeagi - Jessica / Morocco

Sarah Finigan - Shylock

Colm Gormley - Gratiano

Russell Layton - Antonio / Launcelot Gobbo / Prince of Arragon

Rhianna McGreevy - Nerissa

Jacqueline Phillps - Portia


Creatives


Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Bill Barclay
Director: Brendan O'Hea
Designer: Andrew D Edwards
Choreography: Si├ón Williams

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