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Full cast announced for the ground-breaking production of Shakespeare’s classic, The Merchant of Venice.

Watford Palace Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Brigid Larmour, and starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock.

Morals, prejudice and power collide in this retelling of one of Shakespeare’s best-known, and most controversial, plays. The production shines a light on an earlier dark chapter in our history, the growth of a British Fascist party in the 1930s, and the East End community coming together to stop them in the Battle of Cable Street. By presenting Shylock as a woman and placing the action in London in 1936 this production offers a rare and vivid insight into a dark chapter in our history, all too relevant to Britain today

Actress and producer Tracy-Ann Oberman adds “After our Covid cancellation, The Merchant of Venice (1936) has come back better and stronger with a most exciting future ahead. This team of actors are the dream team – fearless, brave, and talented. Ray and Hannah join us from our RSC workshop earlier this year, and I am looking forward to welcoming the full cast to discover our new ‘Rialto’ in Cable Street 1936.” 


Tracy-Ann Oberman - Shylock

Raymond Coulthard - Antonio

Hannah Morrish - Portia

Adam Buchanan - Bassanio

Priyank Morjaria - Lorenzo

Jessica Dennis - Nerissa

Xavier Starr - Gratiano

Gráinne Dromgoole - Jessica

Listings information: 

27 February - 11 March 2023  Watford Palace Theatre 

15 – 25 March 2023  HOME Manchester 

Further Information: The Merchant of Venice 1936 - Watford Palace Theatre