The Merchant of Venice

Theatre, Drama Sydney Opera House , Sydney Tuesday October 24 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017
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Merchant of Venice 1 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Jessica Tovey as Portia
Merchant of Venice 2 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Mitchell Butel as Shylock
Merchant of Venice 3 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Felicity McKay, Jessica Tovey and Shiv Palekar
Merchant of Venice 4 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Jo Turner and Mitchell Butel
Merchant of Venice 5 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
Photograph: Prudence Upton

The battle between tolerance and bigotry will be brought to the fore in Bell Shakespeare’s new production starring Mitchell Butel and Jessica Tovey

Mitchell Butel brings Shylock, one of Shakespeare’s most complex, and most quotable, characters to life alongside Jessica Tovey as Portia. Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea) will direct this powerful new production exploring the tensions between the haves and the have-nots.

More than 400 years after it was written The Merchant of Venice is still a lightening rod for the tensions of our times. As our political leaders increasingly mark what divides rather than unites us, audiences will be challenged to confront the nature of prejudice.

The nine-strong cast also features Fayssal Bazzi, Catherine Davies, Felicity McKay, Eugene Gilfedder, Shiv Palekar, Damien Strouthos, Jo Turner and Jacob Warner.

Read Time Out Melbourne's 4-star review of The Merchant of Venice.


By: Tamar Cranswick


Venue name: Sydney Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point
Opening hours: Box office: Mon-Sat 9am-8.30pm; Sun two hours prior to performance (in person only)
Price: $45-$92
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