William Shakespeare's

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

Ben Thomas

The Sainsbury Theatre

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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.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Ben Thomas*

Sara Perks*

Lighting Designer
Avery Elliott

Sound Designer
Callum Watson

Voice Director
Jeremy Finch*

Movement Director
Anna-Luiza Clasper*

Intimacy Director
Christina Fulcher*


Stefan Brundage

Jessica / Servant
Alcina Ziyu Chen

Portia 1 / Salerino / Stephano
Maya De La Torre

Lancelot Gobbo 1 / Bassanio 2
Elliot Gosh

Portia 2 / Clerk
Bonnie Langthorn

Gratiano / Prince of Aragon
Joe Laurente

Prince of Morocco / Shylock 2
Mercedez McDowell

Madisyn Mugavero

Shylock 1 / Duke of Venice
Alex Osborne

Lorenzo / Tubal
Blake Stratso

Solanio / Portia 3
Sarah Thorn

Bassanio 1 / Lancelot Gobbo 2
Tai White

Production Team

Stage Manager
Chloe Alexander

Deputy Stage Manager
Anya Williams

Assistant Stage Manager
Lucy Rees

Chief Electrician
Jorge Clarkson

James Imber

Production Manager
Tom McCreadie

Stage Management Support and Technicans
Lily O’Connor
Elis Perrotta
Simon Fleming