The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice

05 Dec 2014 - 14 Feb 2015

£9.00 - £45.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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.


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“Rupert Goold's celebrated production comes to London with Ian McDiarmid as Shylock”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“A playful, inventive and eventually shattering take on Shakespeare’s most troublesome play”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Las Vegas bling lethally demolished in Rupert Goold's layered Shakespeare”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“The glitz of casino culture brilliantly illuminates a play about money lent, borrowed, stolen and invested”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Of Shakespeare's most problematic problem play”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The Merchant of Venice? Rupert Goold’s zippy production, first seen in Stratford in 2011, takes the play by the scruff of the ne”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Susannah Fielding gives an outstanding performance as Portia in Rupert Goold's enlivening production, which moves the action to ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“The close confines of the Almeida are perfect for this updating of Rupert Goold’s extraordinary production set in 21st-century L”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Strong support comes from Scott Handy’s earnest Antonio, Anthony Welsh’s gangsta Gratiano and Finlay Robertson’s preppy Lorenzo”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Director Rupert Goold has proved himself the twenty-first century’s great theatrical chronicler of material excess. In productio”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“The show originally starred Patrick Stewart as Shylock at the RSC in Stratford a few years ago. Here, Ian McDiarmid resuscitates”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

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