The Merchant of Venice
The Sainsbury Theatre
Saturday 2 September at 7:30pm
Tuesday 5 September at 2pm
Wednesday 6 September at 7:30pm
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.
About the show
Is the pursuit of love worth a pound of flesh? In Shakespeare’s dark comedy the value of a promise is stretched to its limit in a society of endless masks.
When Venetian merchant, Antonio, lends his friend Bassanio 3,000 ducats to help him woo the woman he wants to marry, he doesn’t dream he will end up having to repay his debt with his own flesh. But, as Antonio’s ability to pay back his debt is hampered, Venetian society holds its breath to see how far Shylock will really go to see the bond fulfilled.
Ben has a diverse experience as actor, director and producer, having performed on stage, TV, radio and film, achieving awards from BAFTA and the TMA for his Shakespearean roles.
His theatre directing covers a wide range of UK venues from the National Theatre to Hackney Empire, as well as being Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre.
He’s a past governor and trustee of Rose Bruford College, and been a director on the boards of Greenwich Theatre, Albany Theatre, Talawa Theatre.
Contains drug usage, threatening behaviour, threat with weapons, antisemitism, racism, and featuring scenes of partial nudity.
* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist
Jessica / Servant
Alcina Ziyu Chen
Portia 1 / Salerino / Stephano
Maya De La Torre
Lancelot Gobbo 1 / Bassanio 2
Portia 2 / Clerk
Gratiano / Prince of Aragon
Prince of Morocco / Shylock 2
Shylock 1 / Duke of Venice
Lorenzo / Tubal
Solanio / Portia 3
Bassanio 1 / Lancelot Gobbo 2
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Stage Management Support and Technicans