Former Associate Director Rupert Goold directed Patrick Stewart in one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, following their previous collaborations on The Tempest and Macbeth.

Launcelot Gobbo as an Elvis Impersonator in The Merchant of Venice 2011
Elvis Presley impersonator Jamie Beamish, playing Launcelot Gobbo
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC – Image Licensing

This acclaimed production was set in Las Vegas with the accompanying bright lights, casino and show girls.

The play opened with the company playing blackjack, and shooting craps while being serenaded by Elvis Presley impersonator Jamie Beamish, playing Launcelot Gobbo.

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