The Merchant of Venice

  • Main Auditorium
  • Tue 3 Nov - Sat 14 Nov
  • A Rose Original Production
    Rose Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Watford Palace Theatre present

By William Shakespeare |  Directed by Brigid Larmour  |  Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock

It is London in 1936. Fascism is sweeping across Europe, and Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists is threatening to march through the Jewish East End.

Shylock (Tracy-Ann Oberman - Eastenders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner) is a survivor of anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia. A widow, she runs a small business from her dark and cramped terraced house in Cable Street, hoping to give daughter Jessica a better future.

When aristocratic Antonio desperately needs a loan, he makes a dangerous bargain with this woman he has spat on in the street. Will Shylock, bitter from a life plagued by racism and abuse, take her revenge?

A vivid evocation of our history, and a warning for our times.

This production is a collaboration between five leading theatres as a creative response to antisemitism in Britain. 


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