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The Merchant of Venice


Thu 7 May 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 8 May 2015, 11:00am–1:30pm
Fri 8 May 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 9 May 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 15 May 2015, 10:00am–12:30pm
Fri 15 May 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 16 May 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church and Market St, Parramatta, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Concession: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: admin212

Sport For Jove returns for its indoor season, its first since becoming a resident theatre company at the Seymour Center, and proudly welcomes legendary theatre-maker Richard Cottrell, who brings to the stage one of William Shakespeare’s true masterpieces. Iconic, dangerous, controversial and rarely staged, The Merchant of Venice is a story Shakespeare couldn’t resist…an unfathomable sadness in a man’s heart…the mysterious hazards of the ocean…our propensity for hate crime and religious intolerance…our willingness to gamble with our lives…things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to know the difference between mercy and justice.

What would you give up for love? Antonio is ready to have his heart torn from his body for Bassanio in a game of chance with the Jew, Shylock, one of Shakespeare's most extraordinary creations. While Portia's life rests on another gamble, with men from all over the world venturing the choice of three caskets to win her heart.

The Merchant of Venice is Shakespeare at his boldest, most dangerous and most entertaining - funny and romantic, dark and subversive, fantastical and yet as real as flesh and blood can be. It's sublime poetry awash with the ocean and the imaginative allure of Venice, Merchant is a courtroom thriller offering an eternally modern perspective on every culture's addiction to risk and money, every human being's hunger for love and friendship, and every community's need to understand the difference between justice and mercy.

Sport for Jove's unique, intelligent approach to Shakespeare features an exceptional cast including James Lugton, Lizzie Schebesta and John Turnbull, directed by Richard Cottrell, one of the world's great storytellers who has directed Shakespeare around the globe for 6 decades.