In her first production with Bell Shakespeare, acclaimed theatre director Anne Louise Sarks will present a new, contemporary production of the Shakespeare classic, The Merchant Of Venice. Starring Australian award-winning actors Mitchell Butel and Jessica Tovey. The Merchant Of Venice opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, from 19 July – 30 July 2017, followed by a national tour around Australia.

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 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 audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

More than 400 years after The Merchant Of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present today. Touring nationally from July 2017.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this masterfully envisioned production tackle the biases and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

July 19 – 30