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Bell Shakespeare's 'The Merchant Of Venice'
Redland Performing Arts Centre

All that ​glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Act 2 Scene 7

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 you on a journey of love, mercy and justice. Featuring three-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).

After their stunning production of Othello last year and Henry V in 2014, Bell Shakespeare returns to RPAC with their masterfully envisioned production that tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare's most challenging plays.


★★★★★ “Brilliant ... the comic and tragic are perfectly balanced” The Australian Book Review

“The production ripples with poignancy and humour” The Age

“An intelligent close reading of the play” The Australian

"Bell Shakespeare - arguably the best Shakespearean theatre company" Herald Sun


Performance Times:
Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm
RPAC Concert Hall
2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Adults: $50
Seniors/Pensioners: $45
Students: $20
Groups 10+: $38
Suit Children:
Parental guidance recommended to determine suitability for your child
Booking Information:
You can book your tickets:
  • in person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
  • by phone - 3829 8131 (a $4.10 booking fee per transaction applies)
  • online 24/7 using the Buy Now link below (a $5 booking fee per transaction applies)

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office so that we can accommodate your needs.

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Bell Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set & Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Voice Coach Jess Chambers
Dramaturg Benedict Hardie
Fayssal Bazzi
Mitchell Butel
Catherine Davies
Eugene Gilfedder
Felicity McKay
Shiv Palekar
Damien Strouthos
Jessica Tovey
Jo Turner
Jacob Warner
Pierre Toussaint