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The Merchant of Venice 1936

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.


Tensions in London’s East End are rising and Shylock, a resilient single mother and hard-working businesswoman, is desperate to protect her daughter’s future. When the charismatic merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her revenge, and who will pay the ultimate price?


If you prick us do we not bleed?
If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?


Don’t miss this unforgettable, electrifying new production of The Merchant of Venice, a “fascinating and timely” (Daily Mail) reminder of a key moment in British history.

Access Information

Saturday 24th February 2.30pm - Chilled Performance (A chilled performance takes a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, but the performance itself is unchanged. This performance is ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show. This performance is for everybody and babes in arms are welcome (not walking or requiring their own seat).’

Saturday 9th March 2.30pm matinee -  Audio Described (Touch Tour 12.30pm)

Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm - Captioned Performance

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No refunds or exchanges after purchase.


2 hours including interval

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Latest customer reviews

  • A modern and political timely twist of a Shakespearean classic

    20 March 2024

    Brilliantly directed with a sensational cast

    NIGEL KERSH Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great modern version

    15 March 2024

    we thoroughly enjoyed Mechant of Venice 1936. The shakespeare play was bought up to date in a very clever way. Actors brilliant particularly Shylock!

    Annie Norris Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • only satisfactory

    7 March 2024

    confusing and far too verbose

    jean barker Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • The first half was a bit slow

    25 February 2024

    First half was a bit slow, but it picked up after the interval. I booked the play because it was recommended by a friend. It was ok, but not among the best I have seen.

    Maria Grijalva Confirmed ticket purchaser