Theatre: 21st Century Merchant of Venice

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Drayton Theatre have put on a provocative and dare I say it, controversial adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s finest.

Antonio, a Muslim, enters into a bond with Shylock, a high-flying Jewish woman working in the world of finance, for the sum of 3,000 ducats so that Bassanio, the man he secretly loves, can marry rich heiress, Portia.

Meanwhile, Portia, along with her companion, Nerissa, devises a plan to thwart her late father’s scheme to pick a suitable husband worthy of his daughter and instead marry a man of her choosing. As Portia and Bassanio exchange vows, word reaches them that a financial disaster has left Antonio penniless and owing ‘a pound of flesh’ to the vengeful Shylock.

However, only a pair of good-looking young strangers can save Antonio from Shylock’s knife…

Welcome to a very modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy-drama. Staying true to the original text, the Bard’s themes of cultural and racial prejudice, the insecure nature of investment, and the empowerment of women, are given a 21st-century spin.

Thursday 12 June 2014 until Saturday 14th June

Thursday to Saturday 8pm, plus Saturday 3pm Saturday matinee 14th June at 3pm

The Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ

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