The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree.
— Portia, Act I Sc 2
A merchant risks life and limb to help his friend Bassanio pursue love, while the object of Bassanio's desire lies in a choice of three caskets.
Ancient grudges and fast judgements come into play as bonds are made and betrayed among the colourful characters of a city built on slippery decadence.
Court-room thriller, romantic comedy and social exploration are masterfully woven together in this controversial comedy-drama.
As the sun sets overhead and seagulls wheel on the sea breeze, be transported to the bustling canals and shady alleyways of Venice.
I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause;
But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
— Shylock, Act III Sc 3
|The Duke of Venice||Ian Wood|
|Antonio, a merchant of Venice||Richard Carwardine|
|Bassanio, his friend, suitor of Portia||Joe Kao|
|Gratiano, friend of Antonio and Bassanio||Matthew Bellwood|
|Salerio, friend of Antonio and Bassanio||Tim Buck|
|Solanio, friend of Antonio and Bassanio||Tony Shepherd|
|Portia, the Lady of Belmont||Mary Glynn|
|Nerissa, Portia's waiting-woman||Beth Guiver|
|Shylock, a Jew of Venice||Richard Mitchley|
|Jessica, daughter of Shylock||Gemma Streat|
|Lorenzo, in love with Jessica||Oscar Stafford|
|Launcelot Gobbo, servant of Shylock||Henry Morris|
|Old Gobbo, father of Launcelot||Geoffrey Summers|
|Tubal, Shylock's friend||Ian Wood|
|Leonardo, servant of Bassanio||Matt Watson-Power|
|Lady of the Rialto||Emma Hall|
|Balthasar, servant of Portia||Georgina Ferry|
|Servant girl||Sophie Watson-Power|
|Pages||Jaygo & Felix Watson-Power|
|Magnificoes and Clerks||Jane Morris, Ann Shepherd, Ann Christys, Linda Kirk, Georgina Ferry|
|Casketeers,||Jane Morris, Ann Shepherd, Ann Christys, Geoffrey Summers, Katie Weatherall, Linda Kirk|
|Assistant directors||Will Long & Henry Morris|
|Voice coach||Linda Kirk|
|Lighting designer & Technical director||David Long|
|Technical support||Dominic Hargreaves|
|Costume designer||Izzy Pellow|
|Wardrobe & Props||Penny Miltiadou & Helen Groth|
|Poster design||Amy Levene|
|Front of House||Jane Hall|
|Set||Robert Fitzmartin & Henry VIII|