The Merchant of Venice 1936

Ambition, power and political unrest explode onto the stage in The Merchant of Venice 1936, direct from the RSC. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, Doctor Who) as Shylock, Shakespeare’s classic is transported to 1930s Britain in this “striking and impactful” (Guardian) new production that “makes theatre history” (The Telegraph), from acclaimed director Brigid Larmour.


Tensions in London’s East End are rising and Shylock, a resilient single mother and hard-working businesswoman, is desperate to protect her daughter’s future. When the charismatic merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her revenge, and who will pay the ultimate price?


If you prick us do we not bleed?
If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?


Don’t miss this unforgettable, electrifying new production of The Merchant of Venice, a “fascinating and timely” (Daily Mail) reminder of a key moment in British history.


2 hours including interval

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Saturday 24th February 2.30pm - Chilled Performance (A chilled performance takes a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, but the performance itself is unchanged. This performance is ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show. This performance is for everybody and babes in arms are welcome (not walking or requiring their own seat).’

Saturday 9th March 2.30pm matinee -  Audio Described (Touch Tour 12.30pm)

Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm - Captioned Performance

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4.3(3 reviews)
  • Alex G

    Feb 24, 2024

    I never thought this play would be staged again given the anti-semitic content, but by placing it in 1930s Britain with the threat of Moseley and the Black Shirts (and in the context of modern day anti-semitism) this turns the play on its head and make a powerful plea for inclusivity. A good, thought provoking night out.

  • RW

    Feb 23, 2024

    This is an interesting version of the Merchant of Venice that parallels the Mosley black shirt marches and movement in the East End in the 1930’s. This has resonance for the current day and the play’s ending is very emotionally engaging. All the performances are very good even if the narrative does not quite all hang together. A play that is uplifting and worthwhile attending.

  • Fiona R

    Feb 18, 2024

    Great Acting, beautiful costumes & set was very cleverly designed. A great production, Tracey Anne Obernann was so moving as Shylock 😊

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