Jul 20 – 24

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe

Lincoln Center

Photo by Manuel Harlan

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After an exceptional double bill of Twelfth Night and Richard III that played to sold-out houses on Broadway in 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to New York this summer for its Lincoln Center debut. Jonathan Pryce delivers a “finely textured” (Financial Times) Shylock in this “exceptionally well-told, well-played, well-paced revival” (Mail on Sunday, U.K.).

 

The Merchant of Venice has proved to be one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays to transpose to modern tastes. Bawdy humor and romantic hijinks coexist with difficult questions of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Director Jonathan Munby approaches these challenges with nuance, intelligence, and wit in a glistening production in which “the lighter and darker elements combine in a seamless whole” (Telegraph, U.K.). In the role of Shylock—as famous for his merciless insistence that a debt be repaid with “a pound of flesh” as for his trenchant speech that asks “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”—Pryce exacts a highly sympathetic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, at once a vengeful tyrant and a piteous, persecuted outcast.

 

By William Shakespeare

(North American premiere production)

Director Jonathan Munby

Designer Mike Britton

Composer Jules Maxwell

Choreographer Lucy Hind

With Jonathan Pryce, Stefan Adegbola, Christopher Logan, Brian Martin, Rachel Pickup, Phoebe Pryce

 

The 2016 Lincoln Center Festival presentation of The Merchant of Venice is made possible in part by generous support from The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation

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