The Merchant of Venice 1936

Enjoy Shakespeare in a new light with The Merchant of Venice 1936 play tickets

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as Shylock in an electrifying new production of The Merchant of Venice at the Criterion Theatre. Shakespeare’s classic play is re-set in the East End of London, when fascism is on the rise and a resourceful Jewish single mother and businesswoman sets a dangerous deal. The “most important Shakespeare production of the year” (The Telegraph) is in the West End for a strictly limited season following two sold-out runs at the Royal Shakespeare Company

1936, Cable Street, London. Single mother Shylock is determined to give her daughter the best chance in life, and her small business is a humble success. But on the streets, Oswald Mosley is whipping up antisemitism, and the country is restless. When antisemitic merchant Antonio approaches Shylock for a loan that he fails to pay, will she get her revenge? 

Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, The Merchant of Venice 1936 play recentres the famous story through Shylock’s eyes. It was developed by Tracy-Ann Oberman in collaboration with director Brigid Larmour. Hailed by critics as “essential” (Metro), “striking and impactful” (The Guardian) and “timely” (Daily Mail), it has been a hit with audiences and has already played a sold-out season at the RSC’s Swan Theatre, with more dates added due to demand.

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as Shylock, a role that is traditionally male. Her other credits span both stage and screen, with roles in plays Noises Off and The Windsors: Endgame, and TV series including EastEnders and Ridley Road

This thrilling, thought-provoking and galvanising new version of a well-worn story is a must-see in London for anyone who wants to learn about a crucial period of British history that still echoes into the 21st century. The Merchant of Venice 1936 play runs for just five weeks in spring 2024.

Child friendly?

The age recommendation for The Merchant of Venice 1936 play is 12+.