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VenueNorthern Stage
TownNewcastle upon Tyne
CountyTyne and Wear
From17th October 2019
To19th October 2019
WhenThu 13:30. Fri,Sat 10:30
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First Encounters: The Merchant of Venice

First Encounters: The Merchant of VeniceT0990366976
'The world is still deceived by ornament' Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality. But when one of three boxes holds all you've ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone?
Author Shakespeare

Archive :: production:T0990366976, kids show:S0298482341, venue:V568

Production details

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare's story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes. In collaboration with our regional theatre partners and Associate Schools, this production also sees 24 young actors from the RSC's Next Generation Company take on the parts of Jessica and Lorenzo, the two young people caught up in a clash between family, money and culture.


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Robin Belfield
Design Anisha Fields
Music Tarek Merchant
Director Ingrid Mackinnon (movement director)
Performer Oliver Cudbill (Gratiano)
Performer Shani Erez (Shylock)
Performer Sam Pay (Duke/Stephano/Tubal)
Performer Morgan Philpott (Antonio)
Performer Eloise Secker (Nerissa/Lancelet Gobbo)
Performer Ray Sesay (Bassanio/Princes of Morocco/Aragon)
Performer Emma Swan (Salerio)
Performer Yasmin Taheri (Portia)

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