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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

  • 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

  • 25 February 2024

    Great show. Would recommend it. The acting was great and a moving ending! Brilliant!

    Jana Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Wonderful acting

    24 February 2024

    I wish we could have awarded all the actors their dues at the end. They were all incredible. I did not appreciate the enforced “ standing ovation”

    K C Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Powerful and Provocative

    24 February 2024

    I never thought this play would be staged again given the anti-semitic content, but by placing it in 1930s Britain with the threat of Moseley and the Black Shirts (and in the context of modern day anti-semitism) this turns the play on its head and make a powerful plea for inclusivity. A good, thought provoking night out.

    Alex G Confirmed ticket purchaser