After making her RSC directorial debut with the 2014 production of Arden of Faversham, Polly Findlay returned in 2015 to direct a thrilling and contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Portia and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice 2015
Portia (Patsy Ferran) and Nerissa (Nadia Albina) in The Merchant of Venice
Photo by Hugo Glendinning © RSC – Image Licensing

Here we give you glimpses behind the scenes of staging a play at the RSC. As well as previously unseen photos of the production in process, you can view videos featuring the director explaining the story of the play and Patsy Ferran discussing the character of Portia, watch clips from the show and discover Makram J Khoury’s approach to playing Shylock.

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