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The Merchant of Venice

04 September, 2020 - 19 September, 2020

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Watford Palace Theatre, Rose Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse present a ground-breaking production of Shakespeare’s classic.


The Merchant of Venice

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 anti-semite 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.


Standard Tickes: £10, £20.50, £27.00, £33.00

Preview Tickets: £10, £20.50, £27, £33