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The Merchant of Venice 1936
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Tickets currently available from 20th February 2024 to 23rd March 2024

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Experience the explosive collision of ambition, power, and prejudice as the Royal Shakespeare Company presents a gripping adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tale of political turmoil. Renowned director Brigid Larmour takes the audience back to 1930s Britain, immersing them in the escalating tensions of London's East End. Against the backdrop of a fragile peace, the threat of a march by Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists through the Jewish neighborhood looms large.

In this reimagined Merchant of Venice, Shylock (played by Tracy-Ann Oberman), a resilient widow, single mother, and survivor of anti-Jewish attacks in Russia, operates a small business in Cable Street. Determined to secure her daughter's future, Shylock faces a pivotal moment when the charismatic merchant Antonio seeks a loan. A high-stakes deal is struck, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats, questioning whether Shylock will exact her vengeance and, if so, who will bear the ultimate cost.

Don't miss this electrifying and timely adaptation that transports Shakespeare's timeless narrative to a crucial moment in recent British history. With critical acclaim and intriguing tidbits, including Tracy-Ann Oberman making history as the first woman to portray Shylock in the play's 400-year history, and a nomination for Best Play Revival in the What’s On Stage 2024 Awards, The Merchant of Venice 1936 promises a riveting and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Having performed to sold-out audiences at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, followed by a critically acclaimed UK tour, this production stands as a testament to the enduring relevance of Shakespeare's masterpieces.

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Theatre Address

Criterion Theatre,
218-223 Piccadilly,
London,
W1V 9LB

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