The Merchant of Venice

Concert or Performance

7 Mar 2019 to 16 Mar 2019 Once Only Event

A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in light of today’s far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks. Presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society at the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) New Fortune Theatre, this version is set in 1938 and directed by Lucy Eyre.

The story follows Portia, heiress to a large fortune and forced into marriage by an unorthodox method, stipulated by her late father. This attracts suitors from all over the world, which sets in motion a fateful transaction.

Merchant Antonio must default on a large loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender he abused and in turn, the vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment. The demand tests the laws of Venice at a time when the rise of fascism in Europe threatens to quash the Venetians’ bohemian lifestyle, while strengthening anti-Semitic attitudes.

Event Dates

Once Only Event

7 Mar 2019 to 16 Mar 2019

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