The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice 'The quality of mercy is not strain'd'

The Merchant of Venice (RSC PB)

A new edition of Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy of courtship and ethnic tension, developed by and for the RSC.

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The Merchant of Venice Print

Named for Antonio, Shakespeare's play is really about Shylock, the man so stereotypical he gave his name to an entire profession. Is he really just an anti-semitic caricature or a sympathetic victim of hostile sixteenth century European prejudice? Does he not bleed? And has he met his match in the wits of the beautiful Portia?

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