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Director: Jonathan Munby; Written by: William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice is famed for some of the most intense scenes in the whole of Shakespeare's canon.
It tells the story of a wealthy heiress, Portia, who is forced to set her suitors a challenge: win, and they will win her hand in marriage; but lose, and they will lose much more than a hand!
Whilst Bassanio manages to borrow some money from his friend to finance his attempt, Antonio is forced to take out a loan from the most famous moneylender in theatre: Shylock. If he cannot repay the money then Shylock will demand a pound of his flesh instead.
The Globes Theatre's season runs from April to October. Craig has been to see a play himself and thoroughly recommends it. It's not like any other theatre that you have been to. It's open-air for a start, and it has a standing area in the middle. The actors actually use this area for some of the scenes, and involve the crowd as if they are part of the cast. Check out Craig's review before you go, so you can get a feeling for what it's like inside.
You might also like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare events in London.
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre – 22 Jun to 14 Oct 2018 – William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions.
King Lear at Duke of York’s Theatre – 11 Jul to 3 Nov 2018 – Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear, in one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
Othello at Globe Theatre – 20 Jul to 13 Oct 2018 – Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globe's production of one of Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedies.
Measure For Measure at Donmar Warehouse – 28 Sep to 24 Nov 2018 – The Donmar Warehouse will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, starring Hayley Atwell
Othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith – 5 Oct to 3 Nov 2018 – Othellomacbeth combines two of Shakespeare's most brutal and poetic plays into one condensed show.
Shakespeare-inspired comedy at the Globe Theatre – 19 Oct 2018 – The Comedy Store Players will be performing Shakespeare-inspired jokes and improvised skits at the Globe.
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