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This Shakespeare classic gets a dramatic twist.
The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets
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Production image of The Merchant of Venice in London, featuring Tracy Ann Oberman as Shylock with ensemble cast.
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About The Merchant of Venice 1936

Shakespeare’s iconic play is reimagined in this riveting new production starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as a female Shylock, set in a 1930s east London under attack by fascist Blackshirts. Don’t miss this incredibly timely show: book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets now on TodayTix.

The drama sees merchant Antonio default on his loan to Jewish moneylender Shylock – who then demands his price, a pound of flesh. But in the ensuing trial, it is Shylock who is discriminated against by an antisemitic society. The story has now been reframed once again in The Merchant of Venice 1936 play.

Brigid Larmour’s production sets the action on the real-life Cable Street, which was besieged by Oswald Mosley and his fascist followers. The Merchant of Venice 1936 London production lends fresh urgency to Shakespeare’s play – as, of course, does the current tragic conflict.

Catch this unmissable show as it transfers to the Criterion Theatre in the West End following its highly acclaimed UK tour. Book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets now on TodayTix.

Access Performances
Saturday 9th March 2.30pm Audio Described (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm Captioned Performance

Run time

2 hours (incl. interval)

Start date

February 15th, 2024

End date

March 23rd, 2024

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Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Provocative, Reinterpreted, Tragic, Relevant, Clever
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Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
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Great acting, Compelling, Interactive, Resonant, Relevant
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Venue

Criterion Theatre

218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4XA

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3 mins)
Directions from tube: The theatre can be seen on Piccadilly Circus next to the Eros statue.

More information about The Merchant of Venice 1936

This adaptation completely transforms Shakespeare’s familiar play through this new framing, and this is also a rare chance to see a female Shylock. For her ground-breaking performance, Tracy-Ann Oberman has said she drew on the no-nonsense Jewish matriarchs that she grew up around.

Oberman has long been an acclaimed and impressively versatile actress on stage and screen, excelling in everything from sci-fi drama like Doctor Who, soap operas such as EastEnders, comedies like Friday Night Dinner and Toast of London, and theatre productions like Boeing-Boeing and Noises Off. But this is her most personal project yet.

She is reprising her role in the West End run of The Merchant of Venice 1936, as are her fellow cast members Raymond Coulthard, Hannah Morrish, Gavin Fowler, Jessica Dennis, Grainne Dromgoole, Xavier Starr, Alex Zur, and Nancy Farino.

It’s a production that is bound to spark spirited debate, with its potent story that travels from Shakespearean England through our recent social history and all the way to a complex present day. This is the play of the moment – and you won’t want to miss the chance to form your own view after experiencing its affecting drama.

What to watch for

The Merchant of Venice, which was written somewhere between 1596 and 1598, appears in Shakespeare’s First Folio as a comedy, although its mix of tones mean it sometimes feels more like a drama. See how that combination works for this new reading of the play: the levity could make the serious moments more impactful. ● Does Shakespeare want us to sympathise with Shylock or not? That’s the big question of the play. The Merchant of Venice 1936 adds new context that makes Shylock a clear victim, however you’ll spot plenty of evidence that Shakespeare feels for the character too: watch out for the famous “Hath not a Jew eyes?” speech. ● Oswald Mosley’s party, the British Union of Fascists, sought to make alliances with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. His followers became known as “Blackshirts” because they based their look on the Italian fascists. See if you can spot their uniform and armbands with the BUF symbol in the production. ● The Merchant of Venice 1936 also makes a big class distinction between the humble moneylender Shylock and her posh clients. There were, in fact, fascist sympathies among some upper-class Brits at the time – you might spot similarities between this version of Portia and Mosley’s aristocratic wife, Diana Mitford.

Frequently asked questions

What is The Merchant of Venice 1936 about?

Ambition, power and political unrest explode onto the stage in The Merchant of Venice 1936, direct from the RSC. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, Doctor Who) as Shylock, Shakespeare’s classic is transported to 1930s Britain in this “striking and impactful” (Guardian) new production that “makes theatre history” (The Telegraph), from acclaimed director Brigid Larmour.

What is the running time of The Merchant of Venice 1936?

The Merchant of Venice 1936 runs for 2 hours (incl. interval).

Which theatre is The Merchant of Venice 1936 at?

The Merchant of Venice 1936 is at London's Criterion Theatre.

How much are tickets for The Merchant of Venice 1936?

The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets start at £15.

How do you get tickets for The Merchant of Venice 1936?

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