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The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.


15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017 | 10:30am, 2pm & 7:30pm

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Bell Shakespeare presents
Merchant of Venice

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Featuring 3 time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production will be directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Touring nationally from July to November 2017.

★★★★★ Bell Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is a glittering piece of theatre. Director Anna-Louise Sarks has created a bold and vivid production that crackles with tension. Melinda Keyte, Arts Hub

★★★★★ Director Anne-Louise Sarks delivers a stunningly assured staging, conjuring beautiful lyricism, nimble humour and stark, crushing cruelty in equal measure. The most miraculous accomplishment of this production is found in its handling of Shylock, rendered with outstanding clarity by Mitchell Butel. Maxim Boon, The Music

By any measure, this is great theatre. This is an intelligent close reading of the play. Little is overplayed, nothing is dodged. Chris Boyd, The Australian

★★★★★ Bell Shakespeare’s new production under the inspired direction of Anne- Louise Sarks is a brilliant, illuminating, dramatically compelling interpretation in which the comic and tragic are perfectly balanced. It has made me see the play anew. This is a gripper production. The acting is superb, the stagecraft sublime. The music extends the drama and texture of the narrative in a subtle yet effective way.  This production is not to be missed.  Australian Book Review

Bellbird’s Head Chef, Federico Rekowski has created a unique meal experience tailored to suit the 7.30pm and the 2pm performances. Arrive early, check out our six exhibition spaces, enjoy a meal and the show.

Hawkesbury Calamari
King Prawns
Confit Cherry Tomatoes
Braised Fennel & Olive Salt

Vegetarian option:
Mushroom Risotto, shaved Parmesan & Basil

Book meal option here

Event Information


Duration2hrs 30min
(including interval)


$30 Conc/Senior
$20 Group (10+)
$18 Schools

Phone02 9824 1121


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