The Merchant of Venice

Thu 21st – Sat 23rd Feb 2013


“Two worlds, both alike in venality.”

Corpus Christi Owlets


A lavish traditional production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragicomedies in full period costume, addressing themes of discrimination, sexuality and the law, all set against the opulent backdrop of 16th century Venice.

Bassanio, a young Venetian, needs 3,000 ducats to woo Portia, a wealthy and sharp-witted heiress. In search of help he goes to his great friend Antonio, the merchant of Venice. Yet Antonio's wealth is currently invested in his fleet away at sea. They turn to Shylock, a Jewish money lender, who is filled with a suppurating resentment for Antonio and his anti-Semitic behaviour. He agrees to lend the money on the condition that if the loan goes unpaid, Antonio must pay with the money's weight in flesh. Interwoven are tales of young love, disguise and a jocular heiress eluding loveless marriage. The play has a deeply ambiguous meaning, its interpretation dependent on our views of race, religion and human character.

Admission: £5(£6)

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