MERCHANT OF VENICE
Performance Dates: Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 July 2018
Performance Venue: Cannizaro Park (Wimbledon)
Director: Matt Bentley
All that glitters is not gold ...
Mayhem Theatre Company returns to Wimbledon following previous sell out productions of Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The beautiful setting of Cannizaro Park will once again provide a stunning backdrop for this year’s open-air performances of Shakespeare's most highly-charged tale.
In Venice, Bassanio needs money in order to woo the wealthy heiress, Portia. Antonio, one of Venice’s leading merchants, promises to help, but to do so must guarantee a loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender who drives a very hard bargain. When Antonio’s ships are wrecked, Shylock calls in his gruesome debt, and it’s up to Antonio’s friends to save him.
Performed with amplified sound in the outdoor splendour of the Italian Gardens, Mayhem presents a dramatic new production that beautifully intertwines the conflicting claims of resilience and prejudice, justice and mercy.
Portia: Victoria Shepherd
Bassanio: Russell Hughes
Gratiano: Freddie Wride
Shylock: George Still
Antonio: Adrienne Power
Nerissa: Jamie Miller-Hughes
Jessica: Ashiana Pradhan
Old Gobbo/Suitors: Leon Hernandez
Lorenzo: Ben Jones
Launcelot: Maria Jones
Solanio: Kat Novkovic
Salarino: Sophie Shrimpton
Balthasar: Kelly-Marie Ridgers