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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.
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
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Winter Wassail at the Globe Theatre – 22 to 23 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a Winter Wassail with music from the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, and Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
Romeo & Juliet at the Globe Theatre – 28 Feb, 2, 7, 9, 16, 21 and 23 Mar 2019 – The Globe Theatre will be putting on a fast-paced performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
School of Rock – 22 Oct 2016 to 20 Oct 2019 – The Jack Black movie 'School of Rock' has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes.
Dreamgirls — soul music from 1960s America – 19 Nov 2016 to 12 Jan 2019 – The Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is about a struggling soul group from 1960s America.
42nd Street — High-kicking Broadway hit – 20 Mar 2017 to 5 Jan 2019 – 42nd Street tells the story of a Broadway dancer who gets her shot at stardom when the leading lady gets injured.
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