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The Merchant of Venice
March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Show: The Merchant of Venice
Author: William Shakespeare
Venue: New Fortune Theatre, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley
Theatre Company: Graduate Dramatic Society
Show Dates: March 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 @7.30pm
Director: Lucy Eyre
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.
Set in 1938, 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.
Interpretation: Updated to be set in 1938