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The Merchant of Venice


  • New Fortune Theatre, The University of WA 35 Stirling Highway Perth, WA, 6009 Australia (map)
The Merchant of Venice  features Thomas Dimmick, left, Abbey McCaughan, Grace Edwards, Steven Hounsome, Melissa Merchant and Barry Park. Picture by Myles Wright, costumes by Merri Ford

The Merchant of Venice features Thomas Dimmick, left, Abbey McCaughan, Grace Edwards, Steven Hounsome, Melissa Merchant and Barry Park. Picture by Myles Wright, costumes by Merri Ford

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 UWA’s 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. 

The Merchant of Venice plays at 7.30pm March 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are $35, $25 concession – book at www.ticketswa.com/event/merchant-venice or call 6488 2440 between 12pm and 4pm weekdays.

Please note: the play contains adult themes and anti-Semitic language and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The New Fortune Theatre is located at the University of WA, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley.

Contact Name/Organisation Name: Graduate Dramatic Society

Phone Number: 6488 2440

Website: http://www.ticketswa.com/event/merchant-venice

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/548613588969654/


Earlier Event: March 1
Ladies in Black
Later Event: March 10
Splashfest