The production is set to run at the Playground Theatre from the 10th November until the 4th December.

Casting has been confirmed for the upcoming production of A Merchant in Venice, presented by Shakespeare in Italy.

It has been announced that Mary Chater, Alexander Knox, John McAndrew, Lena Robin, Peter Tate and Alex Wilson are set to star in Bill Alexander’s production, which he has also adapted for the stage.

Within Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice lies an inner play about a small network of relationships, one that wrestles with Justice and Mercy, Marriage and Money, Race and Class, one that, in essence, explores the tortured nature of Love.

This new version of the play focuses on six key characters whose entangled loves, desires and fortunes hinge on a better understanding of themselves and their relation to each other in the blackly comic world of a modern-day Venice.

The production features set and costume designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Ryan Day and sound by Sarah Sayeed. 

Talking about the production Bill Alexander, adaptor and director of A Merchant of Venice said: “One can get obsessed with a particular work of art and I confess that obsession is the only way to describe my relationship to The Merchant of Venice. I have directed it twice professionally, twice at drama schools, and taught and lectured on it often. When working on select scenes, it began to occur to me that there was an inner play about a small network of relationships that was the core of the bigger play that wrestles with huge themes of Justice and Mercy, Marriage and Money, Race and Class, and it is this inner core, essentially about the tortured nature of Love, that my production for Shakespeare in Italy at The Playground Theatre will focus on. My version of the play, entitled A Merchant of Venice, focuses on just six key characters whose entangled loves, desires and fortunes hinge on a better understanding of themselves and their relation to each other in the blackly comic world of a modern Venice, the sublime and terrible Serenissima.” 

A Merchant of Venice will play at The Playground Theatre from the 10th November until the 4th December.