THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

From the Royal Shakespeare Company

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare's uncompromising play with Makram J. Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, in his RSC debut as Shylock. The cast also includes Patsy Ferran as Portia, also making her RSC debut following her recent role as Jim in Treasure Island at the National Theatre and Jamie Ballard, returning to the RSC as Antonio, following Written on the Heart and Measure for Measure (2011).

 

★★★★★ Evening Standard:
'This haunting production crackles with tension'

'Polly Findlay's supple, sleek and sophisticated production'

'Crisp, fresh thinking in every scene of this excellent production'

'Patsy Ferran's fascinating take on Portia and Jamie Ballard's excellent Antonio'

'Makram J. Khoury as Shylock is full of gravitas'

'This is the RSC at the very top of its game'

 

★★★★ Times:
'Jamie Ballard's capacity to be consumed by his character's emotions proves astonishing'

'Patsy Ferran's outstanding, emotionally complicated Portia and fine supporting performances including Ken Nwosu as Gratiano'

 

★★★★ Financial Times:
'Patsy Ferran is an appealingly girlish Portia, actively supported by Nadia Albina as her maid Nerissa'

Show Dates & Times:

9/3/15 - Thursday

2:00 pm,
7:00 pm,
Admission: 

$18/Adults, $15/Students, including college students with ID. Please call the Box Office for student price tickets (M - F, Noon - 4pm): 594-0070 x3

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