The Merchant of Venice is seen as a problematic play but, increasingly, it seems that the problems are with us, as much as they are with Shakespeare.
We think that The Merchant of Venice was written between 1596 and 1599 – in the twilight years of Elizabeth’s reign. It was printed in 1600 and so had, one assumes, already been performed by then.
This very well presented version of The Merchant of Venice is excellently executed, proving to modern audiences that Shakespeare doesn’t have to be complicated in order to understand it.
Gold lame curtains, hoodies and hi-vis – we wouldn’t naturally associate them with Shakespeare, but this is the world of the new production of The Merchant of Venice, currently playing at Drayton Arms Theatre. Take a look at the production images, then book your tickets.
Have a peek at what a modern take on Shakespeare’s drama of vengeance, commodities, appearance and reality with rehearsal images from the new production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Alex Pearson. Book your tickets now!
Shakespeare’s great drama of mercy and manipulation, The Merchant of Venice, is to receive a striking new revival by theatre companies Poetic Justice Productions and Wolf Sister Productions when it is staged at the Drayton Arms Theatre this autumn.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Winter 2019 season will include a new musical of David Walliams’ novel The Boy in the Dress with a book by Mark Ravenhill and music and lyrics by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, directed by Gregory Doran.
“Magnificent”, “Unmissable” and “Masterful” – since their premiere’s Ross Ericson’s one-man shows The Unknown Soldier and Gratiano have been showered with praise and stars. Take a look at these reviews from performances at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, then book your tickets .
‘I was quite ignorant about WW1’s history.’ It’s a big admission to make from Michelle Yim, who directs Ross Ericson’s hit one-man drama The Unknown Soldier, which is set in the aftermath of the First World War. Find out what Yim learned, and what it’s like to direct the show’s playwright, in our interview.
Never underestimate the importance of coincidence in life. If Michael Gove hadn’t made a comment about the First World War, acclaimed drama The Unknown Soldier may never have been written.
After selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and touring the UK and to Australia, Ross Ericson’s First World War drama The Unknown Soldier will premiere in London in early 2019.
On the broader theatrical landscape, there are plenty of things opening this month! In London Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace, Milly Thomas’ Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2, and Foxfinder opens at the Ambassadors.
In the last week or so I’ve seen three outdoor shows and got soaked to the skin twice. It’s what you do in Britain – part of summer’s rich tapestry.
Actors being completely inebriated is probably not what you expect when you go to see a Shakespeare play. However, Shitfaced Shakespeare’s production of The Merchant of Venice is entirely just that.
Shakespearean silliness continues to entertain, as drunkenness diverts Shylock’s scheming in Shit-faced Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
What is personally the most galling is the programming of Twelfth Night. Emma Rice’s production was my favourite show of 2017. It almost feels like they’re trying to brush it under the carpet by putting it on again so soon.
Two fantastic things to happen this year included making it on to Radio 4’s Front Row programme to review the Everyman’s The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! (which was so deliciously complex I nearly made this a top six); the other was becoming part of the fantastic My Theatre Mates, the online network set up by leading theatre critics Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton.
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Emma Rice’s inaugural season as Artistic Director. The 2016 Wonder Season will open with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday 30 April, followed by The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Imogen. Jonathan Munby’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce, will open at the Liverpool Playhouse, …
As 2015 draws to a close, here is my personal look back on the performance highlights of the last 12 months. This list is entirely subjective – and marks out the shows I have seen, that, as Sondheim’s Mary Flynn put it so eloquently in Merrily We Roll Along, ” will stay with me for a long time….”My list includes musicals, drama, cabaret and concert performances – together with an eclectic Best Of The Rest. Here’s are my favourites.