"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?"

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

Please note:Concession tickets: Please note, you will need to bring proof of eligibility to buy concession tickets when you arrive at the venue. Student concessions only apply to ISIC or Student Union cardholders, and those under 17 years of age in full-time education. Other categories for concession tickets include OAP's, unemployed and disabled. Temporary "student" cards issued for those attending summer courses are not accepted.

All performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are sent via email after payment has been made.

If you are going to see a few of our plays, have you considered purchasing a season ticket? Personalised season tickets for three or six performances are available to purchase online at a discounted price. Season tickets are sent via post to UK addresses only.

The CSF Gold Card offers a £12 saving over standard ticket prices (£13 for concessions). The CSF Silver Card offers a £6 saving over standard ticket prices (£7 for concessions).

Special Charity Performance

A special charity performance of The Merchant of Venice will be held on Saturday 14 July 2018 at 2.30pm. Tickets for these performances are only available on the door and payment is by cash only. More information about charity performances