"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

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Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Downing College Gardens

The Merchant of Venice

In sixteenth-century Venice, Antonio borrows money from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender whom he has publicly humiliated in the past. The loan is to be paid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, then Antonio shall pay a terrible price. In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock created the most memorable and tormented of outsiders in all theatre.

A stunning performance that manages to balance the competing themes of prejudice, revenge and tragedy with moments of superbly crafted wit and exuberance. Riveting from start to finish —The Times

Finished for 2018

The Merchant of Venice has now finished for 2018 - please join us for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2019!