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