“Tracy-Ann Oberman is electrifying” in The Merchant of Venice 1936

4 March 2024

The Merchant of Venice 1936 has opened to sensational reviews at London’s Criterion Theatre. “Deeply relevant in 2024” (The Telegraph), this “thrillingly bold” (Time Out) reimaging of Shakespeare’s classic is a must see and is playing in the West End until 23 March.

Ambition, power and political unrest explode onto the stage in The Merchant of Venice 1936, direct from the RSC. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who) as Shylock, Shakespeare’s classic is transported to 1930s Britain in this “striking and impactful” (Guardian) new production that “makes theatre history” (The Telegraph), from acclaimed director Brigid Larmour.

Tensions in London’s East End are rising and Shylock, a resilient single mother and hard-working businesswoman, is desperate to protect her daughter’s future. When the charismatic merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her revenge, and who will pay the ultimate price?