The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
Venice – the playground of the rich, famous and beautiful, the heady world of the Rat Pack and the Hitchcock blonde. But there are rules that keep some out of the game while others prosper. All it takes is a wrong move for the tables to turn…
A Shakespearean classic meets the jet-setting rich of the 1960s in this new Lir Academy production, as The Merchant of Venice portrays the game of love and money with some vintage glamour. Socialite Bassanio pitches for the deliciously unattainable and fabulously wealthy Portia. Shipping magnate Antonio risks everything he has in a careless deal, while money-lender Shylock sees his chance to take revenge on the society that has excluded him – and to which his daughter Jessica is so dangerously attracted…. A deal is a deal and a debt must still be honoured with a pound of flesh. Can mercy prevail in a world that is all about fortune and success?
This show contains nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and smoke effects.