Students have their first encounter with The Merchant of Venice

Our edited version of Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy, including 22 young actors from different areas, has completed its tour.

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life for 7-13 year olds in just 90 minutes.

//A brilliant way to introduce Shakespeare to the young

Elementary What’s On

Yasmin Taheri as Portia with her hands clasped. A young couple site behind her.
Yasmin Taheri as Portia in The Merchant of Venice, with Next Generation Company actors Sahib and Holly as Lorenzo and Jessica.
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//This felt like a real triumph

audience member

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life for 7-13 year olds in just 90 minutes. The show: 

  • Played in 13 towns and cities
  • Performed at 16 Associate Schools
  • Featured 22 young people playing the roles of Jessica and Lorenzo
  • Gave 117 young Shakespeare Ambassadors experience of helping backstage

 

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