The Merchant Of Venice

Friday 1 September 2017, 11am & 7.30pm
All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told. Act 2 Scene 7

Presented by Bell Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare
Director Anne-Louise Sarks

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 and dark 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.

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, this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Running time 2hrs 20min inc interval

Presented as part of Season 2017. Simply choose four or more shows to subscribe and save.


  • 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

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  • Adult $56
  • Subscriber $46
  • Conc / extra $50
  • Youth 15-21 $35


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