Tissues. Take tissues to THE MERCHANT OF VENICE performed by Buckingham’s Company at the Pop Up Globe. Shylock will reach down the centuries to prickle the eyes. Seeing the racism rampant and hoping that 400 years has made change, secretly knowing there is still much to do, will barb and water requiring a discreet dab of the visage. And keep said tissue handy because, the biggest surprize of all, Portia will fill your nose with snot and eye with tears of joy and laughter. This production is a splendid manifestation of social consciousness embedded in bespoke theatrical entertainment of the highest, most accessible calibre.
This MERCHANT OF VENICE ranges about the wide, authentic stage with slapstick and pathos, characters broad and subtle and that most onomatopoeic Chaucerian four letter word in direct contrast with the sublime poetry. There’s so much to enjoy for any audience whether new to the Bard or steeped in the canon. Continue reading THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: BIG NEWS ON THE RIALTO