OTR - The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Sat 7th Jul – Sat 1st Sep 2012


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Creation Theatre Company


Saïd Rooftop Amphitheatre, Oxford


Performed in an amphitheatre perched above an Oxford College like no other. Under balmy skies and starry nights, Creation Theatre’s open-air productions at Saïd are an essential part of any summer’s day in Oxford.

Set against the backdrop of 1930s Italy, director Natalie Abrahami (Regent’s Park, Headlong, Young Vic) places Shakespeare’s most controversial and human comedy in the multicultural port of Venice. Amid the hustle and bustle of the docks, cultures collide, money talks and debt is cheap… until it’s time to pay. This is the original Italian debt crisis!

A down-at-heel nobleman needs cash to fulfil his romantic ambitions.

His merchant friend takes out a loan to aid him in the pursuit of love.

When the loan defaults the abused Jewish moneylender demands gruesome repayment.

Only the actions of a brave and brilliant young woman can bring the situation back from the brink.

Performed by a troupe of nine actors and musicians the production contains live music and songs.

Admission: Free

Saïd Rooftop Amphitheatre

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