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The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets

The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets
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About The Merchant of Venice 1936

Sometimes a production feels urgently of the moment, and that is definitely the case with this electrifying adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock, and with the action moved to 1930s east London, it’s a timely indictment of antisemitism and a must-see event – so make sure you book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets on London Theatre now.

Shakespeare’s drama sees the Jewish moneylender Shylock demanding a pound of flesh from merchant Antonio, only to have the tables turned during a climactic trial in which religious discrimination is baked into this society’s form of justice.

Debate has long raged over whether Shakespeare’s text is itself antisemitic or not, but certainly this riveting new version, The Merchant of Venice 1936, is extremely clear in how it uses a real-life setting to reframe the story – and to speak to today through the prism of recent history.

Directed by Brigid Larmour, the production creates a female, East End Shylock whose business is situated on Cable Street – where, in 1936, there really were battles between Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts and anti-fascist protesters. Here, Shylock and her family are under attack right from the start.

Following its critically acclaimed and hugely impactful UK tour, we are now rightfully getting The Merchant of Venice 1936 London premiere, as the show transfers to the Criterion Theatre in the West End.

Oberman reprises her pioneering performance of Shylock as a formidable Jewish matriarch fighting for her rights – and her family. It’s the latest in a long line of impressive performances on stage and screen from Oberman, whose past work includes Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner, Boeing-Boeing, EastEnders, Toast of London, and Noises Off.

Also reprising their roles are Raymond Coulthard, Hannah Morrish, Gavin Fowler, Jessica Dennis, Gráinne Dromgoole, Xavier Starr, Alex Zur, and Nancy Farino.

Don’t miss the most talked-about show in town. Book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets on London Theatre today.

Run time

2 hours (incl. interval)

Start date

February 15th, 2024

End date

March 23rd, 2024

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Venue

218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4XA

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3 mins)
Directions from tube: The theatre can be seen on Piccadilly Circus next to the Eros statue.

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Access Performances
Saturday 9th March 2.30pm Audio Described (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm Captioned Performance
Saturday 24th February 2.30pm Chilled Performance
A chilled performance takes a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, but the performance itself is unchanged. This performance is ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show. This performance is for everybody and babes in arms are welcome (not walking or requiring their own seat).

Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7:30 PM
Wednesday2:30 PM7:30 PM
Thursday2:30 PM7:30 PM
Friday-7:30 PM
Saturday2:30 PM7:30 PM
Sunday--

Frequently asked questions

What is The Merchant of Venice 1936 about?

Ambition, power and political unrest explode onto the stage in The Merchant of Venice 1936, direct from the RSC. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, Doctor Who) as Shylock, Shakespeare’s classic is transported to 1930s Britain in this “striking and impactful” (Guardian) new production that “makes theatre history” (The Telegraph), from acclaimed director Brigid Larmour.

How long is The Merchant of Venice 1936?

The running time of The Merchant of Venice 1936 is 2 hours (incl. interval).

Where is The Merchant of Venice 1936 playing?

The Merchant of Venice 1936 is playing at Criterion Theatre. The theatre is located in London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4XA.

How much do tickets cost for The Merchant of Venice 1936?

Tickets for The Merchant of Venice 1936 start at £15.

How do you book tickets for The Merchant of Venice 1936?

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