05 Dec 2014 - 14 Feb 2015

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare

Directed By Rupert Goold

Tickets £9 - £45

production information

In a faraway palace, a wealthy heiress is looking for a husband. Back at home, a wealthy merchant is looking for a loan. Everyone’s out to make a killing; but everything comes at a price.

Explosively relocated to Las Vegas, Shakespeare’s most controversial play makes its Almeida debut in a whirlwind of glitter, gambling and greenbacks.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold brings his groundbreaking production of The Merchant of Venice to the Almeida.

“Among the most exciting productions of the last decade.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

 

The Merchant of Venice is presented by arrangement with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dates & Tickets

Mon to Sat performances 7.30pm
Sat matinee performances 2.30pm from 13 Dec
Wed matinee performances 2.30pm on 17 Dec, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Jan & 4 Feb

Talk Back
Mon 2 Feb (post-performance)

Captioned Performances
Tue 13 Jan 7.30pm
Sat 31 Jan 2.30pm

Audio Described Performances
Fri 16 Jan 7.30pm
(Touch Tour at 6pm)

Sat 24 Jan 2.30pm
(Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

 

Jamie Beamish

Lancelet Gobbo

Theatre includes: Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe); Stones in His Pockets (Tricycle Theatre); The Merchant of Venice; Macbeth (RSC); England People Very Nice; A Slight Ache (National Theatre); I, Keano (Olympia Theatre, Dublin); The Flags (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Riverside Drive (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); The Tempest; The Last Beauty Spot (Corcadorca, Cork); The Winter’s Tale (UK / Dublin / Spain / New York / China tours); Calico (Duke of York’s Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal, Bath); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Wind in the Willows; High Society (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Pirates of Penzance (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre / UK tour); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Theatre Royal, York); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep).

Television includes: The Borgias; London Irish.

Film includes: PAN; Hanna; Anna Karenina; The Eagle; Atonement; Pudsey; Robin Hood.

The Merchant of Venice Production Gallery

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The Merchant of Venice Production Gallery

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The Merchant of Venice Production Gallery

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★★★★★ Brilliant, imaginative and totally engaging.

Whatsonstage

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★★★★ "Exciting and enlivening… an outstanding performance by Susannah Fielding."

Evening Standard

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★★★★ Revelatory… What is really startling about this production is its non-stop inventiveness.

The Guardian

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★★★★ Flashy, egregious and unflaggingly provocative.

The Independent

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★★★★ Goold strikes just the right balance in this problematic play.

Financial Times

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★★★★ ...there is such a treasure of invention here… utterly compelling.

The Times

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★★★★ Boldly assured and breathtakingly original.

The Stage

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★★★★ splendid ensemble. 

The Arts Desk

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Additional information

The Merchant of Venice is approximately 2 hours 50 minutes including an interval.

 

Cast & Creatives

Jamie Beamish
Rebecca Brewer 
Susannah Fielding
Scott Handy
Merry Holden
Ian McDiarmid
Caroline Martin
Vinta Morgan
Vincenzo Nicoli
Emily Plumtree
Finlay Robertson
Raphael Sowole
Tim Steed
Jonathan Tafler
Anthony Welsh
Tom Weston-Jones

Director Rupert Goold
Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Rick Fisher
Music Adam Cork
Sound Gregory Clarke
Choreography Scott Ambler
Music Associate and Orchestrations Alex Baranowski
Video Nina Dunn and Jack Henry James
Casting Ginny Schiller CDG
Associate Director Lisa Blair
Associate Designer Holly Pigott
Costume Supervisor Joanna Relf
Associate Musical Director Jim Hustwit
Associate Choreographer Shelby Williams
Video Associate Louise Rhoades-Brown
Dialect Coach Rick Lipton
Fight Director Rachel Bown-Williams of RC-Annie Ltd

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