As well as looking at how we’ve staged The Merchant of Venice, which you can do in the Productions section, it’s important to think about what you would do if you were staging the play. And, if you can, to perform parts of it yourself.
We encourage you to look at the play, or scenes in the play, and think through the decisions a director makes with their actors:
- Where is the play set?
- How are the characters connected?
- What do the characters want?
Here you can find some key things to think about before staging the play yourself. Even if you’re working towards an exam or preparing for an assignment, it’s important to think about different ways of reading lines or words and taking a look at the key decisions a director needs to make could really help your essay responses.