The Merchant Of Venice

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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.


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

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


19 – 30 July 2017

Wednesday 19 July, 7:30pm

Evening Performances
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30pm

Matinee shows
Saturday 2pm
Sunday 4pm

In Conversation event
Sunday 23 July, 1pm

Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins, including interval 


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Price range

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Single tickets on sale Wednesday 8 March.

Premium: $45 – $92
A-Reserve: $40 – $70
Preview: $45

Concession applies to any Seniors or any means tested Australian pensions (Aged Disability, Veterans’ Affairs, Health Care, Job Search, Supporting Parent), Full-Time Students and MEAA members. Under 18 prices are available to those born in 1998 or younger. Limit 4 per transaction.

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