This 90-minute adaptation is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 7 to 13 year olds.

‘The world is still deceived by ornament’

Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality.

But when one of three boxes holds all you’ve ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes. 

In collaboration with our regional theatre partners and Associate Schools, this production also sees 22 young actors from the RSC’s Next Generation Company take on the parts of Jessica and Lorenzo, the two young people caught up in a clash between family, money and culture.

The following materials, created in collaboration with Adobe, will help students and teachers to prepare before seeing the production, or studying The Merchant of Venice:

Don’t miss this perfect introduction to Shakespeare as it tours to schools and theatres across England.

  • Stratford-upon-Avon 30 September - 5 October

  • Blackpool 8 - 12 October

  • Newcastle upon Tyne 15 - 19 October

  • Middlesbrough 21 October

  • Bradford 23 - 24 October

  • Cornwall & Devon 29 - 31 October

  • Canterbury 2 November

  • Hull 5 - 7 November

  • Nottingham 15 - 16 November

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