Criterion Theatre
Tue 19 Mar 2024
7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 London
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?
Direct from the Royal Shakespeare Company, ambition, power and prejudice explode onto the stage in this thrilling adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of political unrest.
Acclaimed director, Brigid Larmour transports the bard’s classic to 1930s Britain, where tensions in London’s East End are rising, and its inhabitents are close to breaking point. When Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists voice their plan a march through the Jewish neighborhood, the fragile peace threatens to shatter.
Shylock (Tracy-Ann Oberman), a widow, single mother and survivor of attacks on Jewish people in Russia, runs a small business from her home in Cable Street. The industrious and resilent refugee is desperate to protect her daughter’s future, at any cost. When the charming merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her vengeance, and if she does, who will pay the ultimate price?
Don’t miss this electrifying and timely new adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, a fierce and fascinating reminder of a key moment in recent British history.