New production of The Merchant of Venice | Sport for Jove

“…a pound of flesh…nearest his heart…so says the bond…”

The Merchant of Venice is a story Shakespeare couldn’t resist. An unfathomable sadness in a man’s heart, the mysterious terrors of the ocean, hate crime and religious intolerance - money, money, money, - and our willingness to gamble with our lives. All things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to weigh the difference between mercy and justice.

Shakespeare created some of his most extraordinary characters in The Merchant of Venice. Portia, the brilliant young woman who dresses as a man to save a merchant’s life; Bassanio, the man with nothing who would have it all at any cost; Jessica, the girl who would trade her mother and father’s memories for a monkey; and at the centre of them all in the court of Venice stands a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, legally demanding a pound of flesh from a man who is willing to have his heart torn out of his body as a gesture of love to his friend.

All tickets $28

1.30pm 18 May

Riverside Theatres Parramatta

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7pm 22, 24 & 25 May

Seymour Centre

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