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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

 Tim O'Donnell as Bassanio, Scott Eveleigh as Salanio and Glen Waterhouse as Antonio. Photo - Mat Lee
Tim O’Donnell as Bassanio, Scott Eveleigh as Salanio and Glen Waterhouse as Antonio. Photo – Mat Lee

The first recorded performance of The Merchant of Venice was 10th February 1605. The themes of racial and religious hatred, money, marriage and mercy all still reverberate as soundly today as they did in 1605.

The context has undoubtedly changed; the 17th century fission between Christianity and Judaism resonates far less today, but the cold war between two powerful men of money is as fresh and smelly as it has ever been.

STOOGED THEATRE has presented a production that breathes new life into this classic text. With a few theatrical tweaks and contemporary references, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE becomes a media savvy play about money and politics and taking down your political opponents using the law as your weapon. Random pen drops on a newspaper will supply any number of current examples to support that theme.

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