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The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets

Criterion Theatre

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as Shylock in this acclaimed new production of Shakespeare’s classic, set in the 1930s East End of London.

Shakespeare Retold: The Merchant of Venice 1936 Tickets

Experience Shakespeare in a whole new light at the Criterion Theatre as Tracy-Ann Oberman’s acclaimed The Merchant of Venice 1936 transfers into the West End for a strictly limited season. Oberman stars as Shylock in this electric show which moves the action to the 1930s East End of London, where ambition, power, antisemitism and political unrest reach boiling point.

This “essential” (Metro) new production of a classic is in London direct from a sold-out season at the Royal Shakespeare Company, so book early to not miss out.

About The Merchant of Venice 1936

1936, Cable Street. Jewish single mother and businesswoman Shylock is determined to provide for her family and protect her daughter’s future. But on the streets, Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists are marching.

When charismatic but arrogant merchant Antonio approaches her for a loan and fails to pay up, will she seek her revenge? Or will she pay the ultimate price?

This “striking and impactful” (The Guardian) new version of Shakespeare’s play puts Shylock and the Jewish community at its centre, during a key moment in British history that reverberates into the present day. After hugely successful runs at the RSC, Watford Palace Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall in 2023, it transfers to the West End for just five weeks.

Tracy-Ann Oberman in The Merchant of Venice

Acclaimed actress Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as the traditionally male Shylock, in a passion project that she has helped to develop over several years. Oberman’s other credits include Noises Off, The Windsors: Endgame and Fiddler on the Roof on stage and EastEnders, It’s a Sin and Ridley Road on screen.

Oberman collaborated with director Brigid Larmour to bring The Merchant of Venice 1936 to the stage.

Book Tickets for The Merchant of Venice 1936 at Criterion Theatre

It was dubbed “the most important Shakespeare production of the year” by The Telegraph, and now you have another chance to experience its striking message. Get your tickets early before it sells out, and rethink everything you know about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

Sorry this show closed 23 March 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
22 Mar 2024 - 23 Mar 2024
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
The appearance of any performer cannot be guaranteed and is always subject to illness, injury and statutory holiday entitlement.

The Merchant of Venice 1936 Reviews

85 Reviews
  • 5 Stars36%
  • 4 Stars32%
  • 3 Stars25%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Stars5%

User Reviews


Amazing show, very interesting setting in 1930s East End in the time of Blackshirts. The effects were good. Tracey Ann Oberman brought a new dimension to Shylock and I think the anguish of losing her daughter was more poignant as a woman and mother. Read more

Performance date: 14 March 2024

A brilliant production. Acting superb. The ending is so powerful and emotional, I felt tearful. The staging is effective and quickly adapted for different scenes. The projected footage of Mosley and the marches were chilling to observe. The p Read more

Performance date: 20 March 2024

One of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen of this show, incredibly relevant and powerful, and solved some of the issues I’ve had with the play in the past. Lovely to see it performed so coherently in the original text as well, with entirely differen Read more

Performance date: 25 February 2024
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