The Merchant of Venice (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
The Merchant of Venice (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

The Merchant of Venice (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) London Reviews and Tickets

(5 Ratings)
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Great acting, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Enchanting

A new production of Shakespeare's comedy directed by Abigail Graham.

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23 Reviews | 0 Followers
Relevant, Refreshing, Quirky, Great acting, Epic

See it if Wonderful acting, interestin ways to interpret Shakespeare. It is absolutely worth a watch!

Don't see it if if you don't like Shakespeare

28 Reviews | 0 Followers
Quirky, Great staging, Enchanting, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like shows that take full advantage of the theatre's structure

Don't see it if You don't like classics retellings

19 Reviews | 3 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Very exciting and interesting take on Shakespeare. The acting is phenomenal.

Don't see it if If you’re sensitive to the many antisemetic moments in the show from some of the characters.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
Resonant, Must see, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You’re a Shakespeare lover. See it if you want to get a contemporary take on a play hundreds of years old.

Don't see it if You are someone who doesn’t like intense, thought provoking theatre. This has hard themes of racism and anti-semitism.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers

See it if If you love shakespeare, in particular his darker material this is one for you.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with antisemitism, this show is dark.

Critic Reviews (9)

Time Out London
March 3rd, 2022

Despite being trimmed to just two hours, Abigail Graham’s production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ takes a surprisingly long time to get to the point.
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London Theatre
March 3rd, 2022

Graham’s Merchant clocks in at 2 and a quarter hours, largely by cutting to the meat of a play that, after all, hinges on the delivery of a pound of flesh. As a result, the play is pacy and vivid, sometimes raucously funny but more often troublingly trenchant.
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 3rd, 2022

But it’s so extreme and one-sided in its portrayal that it becomes a hectoring lesson about colossal historic and current wrongs, rather than a complex drama that holds up a mirror and invites us to confront our own prejudices.
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The Stage (UK)
March 3rd, 2022

Grappling with the complexities of what is potentially Shakespeare’s most problematic play, director Abigail Graham’s bold production of The Merchant of Venice never pulls its punches.
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The Arts Desk
March 10th, 2022

...Adrian Schiller’s superbly understated, steely but all too human Shylock forces us to accept that mitigation, as a subset of mercy, is the most Antonio should plead. Perhaps Shylock’s story has never been told more compassionately.
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The Guardian (UK)
March 3rd, 2022

Shakespeare’s challenging text has been streamlined to a neat two hours in this contemporary production. Its innards have been snipped and significantly shuffled...The result is a production cleanly cut, sharply told.
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The Times (UK)
March 3rd, 2022

Graham’s staging has been described as an attempt by her and an adept cast of ten to “reclaim” the play. What this entails is substantial cutting...Purists may object, but it works.
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The London Evening Standard
March 3rd, 2022

The cast is strong all round...In a production examining the pain of unequal power structures, the closing message is one of tentative hope.
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