The Merchant of Venice 1936 (West End)
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 (West End)
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

86%
(513 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
5%
Negative
7%
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

About the Show

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars in the West End transfer of this 1930s adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (46)

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69 Reviews | 8 Followers
86
Great acting, Compelling, Interactive, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a profound Shakespeare meets 1930s anti-fascist protest play; to celebrate working class and Jewish culture; great ensemble

Don't see it if you want a more straightforward Shylock/Merchant of Venice; I found the ending clunky - got lost as we jumped from Shakespeare to Cable St. Read more

50 Reviews | 7 Followers
84
Provocative, Reinterpreted, Tragic, Relevant, Clever

See it if Oberman's passion project is unique, nuanced and bruising. Ensemble-led and reinterpreted for London.

Don't see it if The ending was a bit strung-together and perhaps too immersive for some.

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
80
Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if a clever restaging of Shakespeare classic. Thought-provoking and great acting

Don't see it if the end could have been handled more smoothly. a moving play nonetheless

93 Reviews | 6 Followers
67
Great writing, Clever

See it if You want a serious, dark play

Don't see it if You want a larger production or something lighthearted

29 Reviews | 1 Follower
91
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This is a brilliant take on a play that is very problematic. However they've turned it around, it's so clever. Great acting also.

Don't see it if Nothing at all really, some people don't like the final moments, but I loved them, I feel it's more important than ever.

31 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Entertaining, Well acted, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare being updated to shine a light on our current times and recent past. And it’s very well acted and designed.

Don't see it if You think anti-racism is woke.

45 Reviews | 0 Followers
87
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to see a great Shylock played by Tracy -Ann Oberman

Don't see it if You see Merchant of Venice as a rather silly plot line

35 Reviews | 3 Followers
86
Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great cast and very timely to set against the background of the Cable St Riots and Oswald Mosely and his Fascist buddies.

Don't see it if You don't like classics brought into different more modern settings.

Critic Reviews (5)

Time Out London
February 22nd, 2024

"This production isn’t trying to make nice with Shakespeare."
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 26th, 2024

"A commendable, accomplished and brave venture"
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London Theatre
February 27th, 2024

"Tracy-Ann Oberman battles fascism in this urgent, inspired update"
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The Times (UK)
February 26th, 2024

"Oberman is electrifying, dominating proceedings with a Mitteleuropean accent"
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The Arts Desk
February 26th, 2024

"radical revamp with a passionate agenda"
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