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Jonathan Pryce and Phoebe Pryce in The Merchant of Venice.

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour: The Merchant of Venice

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016

Theater

Starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater, this new production of Shakespeare's play dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy.

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Shakespeare's Globe on Tour presents
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Munby
Designed by Mike Britton
Composed by Jules Maxwell
Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole

"Jonathan Pryce as Shylock and his daughter, Phoebe… an inspiration. It's a family affair--a double star turn."--The Observer

"Jonathan Pryce, making his Globe debut, presents us with a Shylock of weight, gravity, and considerable complexity."--The Guardian

I will not hear thee speak; I'll have my bond.

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage, the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicenter of consumption, speculation, and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio's ships return to the city. But if they should fail and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his "bond."

In some of the most highly charged scenes William Shakespeare ever wrote, The Merchant of Venice dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy--while in the character of Shylock, the Bard created one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater.

Starring Jonathan Pryce in the role of Shylock, this new production originally premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in London in April 2015. The cast also features Stefan Adegbola (Lancelot), Christopher Logan (Arragon/Stephano/Masquer/Commedia Performer), Brian Martin (Salarino), Rachel Pickup (Portia), and Phoebe Pryce (Jessica).

Performance Timing: Act One - 90 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 60 min.



 

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Merchant of Venice Trailer