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The Merchant of Venice

  • Theatre, Drama
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  1. Merchant of Venice 1 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
    Photograph: Prudence UptonJessica Tovey as Portia
  2. Merchant of Venice 2 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
    Photograph: Prudence UptonMitchell Butel as Shylock
  3. Merchant of Venice 3 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
    Photograph: Prudence UptonFelicity McKay, Jessica Tovey and Shiv Palekar
  4. Merchant of Venice 4 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
    Photograph: Prudence UptonJo Turner and Mitchell Butel
  5. Merchant of Venice 5 (Photograph: Prudence Upton)
    Photograph: Prudence Upton
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Time Out says

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.

Written by
Tamar Cranswick

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