[image: Shakespeare portrait]

The Bard in London’s National Portrait Gallery.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

by William Shakespeare; directed by Kit Wilder
supported by East Coast City Lights
March 22-April 22, 2018
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. (no shows March 25 & April 1)
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“A vigorous juxtaposition between comedy and tragedy.”  –The New Zealand Herald
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More than four centuries after it was first performed, Merchant remains one of the Bard’s most compelling, ambivalent and controversial plays. Poised somewhere between drama and comedy, it balances precariously on the edge where the light and dark of humanity meet, and reflects the emotional turmoil of Shakespeare’s time, aspects of which eerily suggest the troubles that roil America today. With some of the most famous speeches and scenes in the Shakespearean canon, the work still challenges and fascinates audiences.
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