“Hath not a Jew eyes?”
In Venice, Antonio borrows 3000 ducats from Shylock, risking a pound of flesh if he forfeits.
In Belmont, a wealthy heiress Portia can neither choose or refuse love, but must marry whoever solves her dead father’s puzzle.
But plans to elope, ill luck at sea, and a culture of prejudice forces these disparate narratives together, drawing Portia and Shylock into a terminal conflict that threatens the peace and order in Venice.
This streamlined production of “The Merchant of Venice” will interrogate the assumptions that precede one of William Shakespeare’s most compelling and controversial plays.
24th-27th & 31st August and 1st-3rd September 2016