The Merchant Of Venice

The Merchant Of Venice

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

More than 400 years after The Merchant Of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present today.

Featuring three-time Helpmann Award Winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea). This masterfully envisioned production tackles the biases and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Touring nationally from July 2017.

Members-only presale 14 October – 7 March
Single tickets available from our venues 8 March

CREATIVE TEAM

By William Shakespeare
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set & Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Voice Coach Jess Chambers
Dramaturg Benedict Hardie

WITH

Fayssal Bazzi
Mitchell Butel
Catherine Davies
Eugene Gilfedder
Felicity McKay
Shiv Palekar
Damien Strouthos
Jessica Tovey
Jo Turner
Jacob Warner

See below for information on our performances of The Merchant Of Venice for schools.

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
School matinees:
Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 July 11am
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 23 July 1pm – 2pm (free event)

CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
School matinee:
Wednesday 18 October 11am
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 15 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
School matinees:
Wednesday 1, 8 and 15 November 11am
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 29 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
– Years 7-12
– School matinees are $30 per student with One complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students. Additional teacher tickets at student prices. GST not applicable.
– Limited number of discounted tickets available in evening performances. Conditions apply. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.
– Australian Curriculum-linked classroom resources available.

For more information or to make a schools booking contact Bell Shakespeare Learning.
Email: learning@bellshakespeare.com.au
Tel: 1300 305 730
Fax:
1300 552 271
Post:
PO Box 10, Millers Point, 2000

The Merchant Of Venice will visit 27 stages across Australia on our 2017 National Tour.  Below you can find some of the venues we will be travelling to throughout 2017. The full list of tour dates and venues will be announced later this year.

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE
7-8 July

LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, WARNAMBOOL
11 July

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE, BALLARAT
13 July

THE ESSO BHP BILLITON WELLINGTON ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SALE
15 July

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE
19–30 July
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 23 July 1pm – 2pm (free event)

ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ALBANY
3 August

BUNBURY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BUNBURY
5 August

STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH
9 – 12 August

GOLDFIELDS ARTS CENTRE, KALGOORLIE
15 August

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE, FRANKSTON
19 August

BURNIE ARTS & FUNCTION CENTRE
22 August

THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART
24-26 August

ULUMBARRA THEATRE, BENDIGO
29 August

CIVIC THEATRE NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE
1 September

GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE, PORT MACQUARIE
5 September

NORPA, LISMORE
7-8 September

DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE AND CONVENTION CENTRE, DUBBO
12 September

CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE, CASULA
15-16 September

ARALUEN ARTS CENTRE. ALICE SPRINGS
19 September

DARWIN ENTERTAIN CENTRE, DARWIN
22 September

REDLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, CLEVELAND
28 September

THE EVENTS CENTRE, CALOUNDRA
30 September

LAYCOCK ST THEATRE, GOSFORD
3-4 October

JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, PENRITH
6-7 October

WAGGA WAGGA CIVIC THEATRE, WAGGA WAGGA
10 October

CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
13–21 October
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 15 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
24 October – 26 November
In Conversation with the Director:
Sunday 29 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

The Merchant Of Venice