Following a sell-out run in March 2023 The Merchant of Venice (1936) returns to Manchester in November 2023, with Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock.
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 revenge, and who will pay the ultimate price?
We have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the action and be on the front line at the Battle of Cable Street! Our special on-stage seating comprises 3 seats per table and offers a brand-new perspective on The Merchant of Venice.
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.
You can also explore Cable Street’s historical archives, enter The Ritz to learn more about the play, and visit Portia’s House to hear from our production team.
Discuss the scenarios of the River Challenge and place your vote, or test your knowledge with The Old Bailey’s Trials. Then visit our Guest Book to interact with other users, and to share your thoughts and experiences. London | Merchant 1936
Please note the role of Shylock will be played by Jessica Dennis on Tue 28 November.
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