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The Merchant of Venice (1936)


Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner) leads an incredible cast as morals, prejudice and power collide in this exciting retelling of one of Shakespeare’s best-known – and most controversial – plays. 

1936. Fascism is sweeping Europe and the Jewish East End is under threat. Shylock has already fought for survival in Russia and is now fighting for a better future for her daughter, running a small business from a cramped terraced house. Privileged City trader Antonio desperately needs a loan – so desperately that he makes a dangerous bargain with Shylock. But after years of abuse at Antonio’s hands, will Shylock finally take her revenge when the opportunity presents itself? Or will she unexpectedly meet her match in society beauty Portia?

Watford Palace Theatre in association with HOME produce this vivid new look at a dark but inspiring chapter in Britain’s history and an exploration of what turns a single working mother to violent revenge.


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