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The Merchant of Venice - Play Information

2 synopses

Discover the story of The Merchant of Venice in two different ways.

Schools' synopsis
An engaging synopsis for students and teachers, created by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Spoken-word
Watch spoken-word artist Kate Tempest delivering her synopsis.
The transcript is available to download as a PDF document.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Dating the play & Shakespeare's sources

How do we know when The Merchant of Venice was written? And what sources and stories influenced Shakespeare when he wrote it? Performance history expert Rebecca Brown presents the evidence.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Stage history

Performance history expert Rebecca Brown guides us through the stage history of The Merchant of Venice from the time Shakespeare wrote it to the present day.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

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