The Merchant of Venice 1936. Photo by Marc Brenner

The Merchant of Venice 1936 to play Wilton’s Music Hall in London

The new adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice starring Tracy-Ann Oberman is heading to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

The Merchant of Venice 1936 will play Wilton’s Music Hall from 7 to 11 November 2023.

The play recently opened at Watford Palace – read our reviews round-up – and is now playing at HOME Manchester to 25 March 2023.

It then tours to the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, before playing at the Wycombe Swan Theatre, Malvern Theatre, Churchill Theatre Bromley, New Theatre Cardiff and York Theatre Royal.

The Merchant of Venice 1936 stars Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner) as Shylock, with the drama set in 1930’s London on the brink of political unrest and with fascism sweeping across Europe.

Alongside Tracy-Ann Oberman in the cast are Raymond Coulthard as Antonio; Hannah Morrish as Portia; Adam Buchanan as Bassanio; Jessica Dennis as Nerissa; Priyank Morjaria as Lorenzo; Gráinne Dromgoole as Jessica; Xavier Starr as Gratiano; and Alex Zur as Yuval.

The Merchant of Venice 1936 is directed and adapted by Brigid Larmour from an idea by co-creator Tracy Ann-Oberman. Also in the creative team are Costume and Set Designer Liz Cooke, Lighting Designer Rory Beaton and Sound Designer Sarah Weltman. The Composer is Erran Baron Cohen. 

The battle of Cable Street, which is central to this new adaptation, took place in 1936 only 10 minutes walk from Wilton’s Music Hall.

Tracy Ann-Oberman said on Twitter that she was “proud and happy” that The Merchant of Venice 1936 is coming to Wilton’s Music Hall, and that “Wilton’s was the site of hiding and rallying against Mosley at The Battle Of Cable Street.”

More about The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets

The Merchant of Venice 1936 – UK Tour 2023

Watford Palace Theatre: 27 February – 11 March
HOME Manchester: 15 – 25 March
RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: 21 September – 7 October
Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe: 10 – 14 October
Malvern Theatres, Malvern: 17 – 21 October
Churchill Theatre, Bromley: 24 – 28 October
New Theatre, Cardiff Tuesday: 31 October – 4 November
Wilton’s Music Hall: 7 – 11 November
York Theatre Royal, York: 14 – 18 November

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📷 Main photo: The Merchant of Venice 1936. Photo by Marc Brenner

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