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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice written between 1596 and 1598 is Shakespeare's comedy centred around love, money, prejudice and social injustice.

Past Productions

Our productions of The Merchant of Venice over the years have included many famous actors playing Shylock and his nemesis Portia: Michael Redgrave and Peggy Ashcroft in 1953; Peter O’Toole and Dorothy Tutin in 1960; Eric Porter and Janet Suzman in 1965; Emrys James and Judi Dench in 1971; Patrick Stewart and Marjorie Bland in 1978; David Suchet and Sinead Cusack in 1981; Antony Sher and Deborah Findlay in 1987; and Patrick Stewart again in 2011.

 Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.