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The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Constantine Costi

Season: 18th February - 31st March 2012
Preview night 17th February
Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm

there is a lot to like about this production - Jodi McAlister Australian Stage

A well realised night of Shakespeare - David Kary Sydney Arts Guide

genuinely fresh and inspired - Jacqui Dent Arts Hub

highly recommend you find time to see this performance - Jacky B Weekend Notes

most will appreciate the new life Shakespeare's play has been given - Jane Simmons SOYP

This stylish production stays with you many days after you've left the theatre - David Spicer Stage Whispers

lively and provocative one, with strong performances across the board - Lloyd Bradford Syke Crikey

a pleasure to attend and was an engaging interaction with the text - Kevin Jackson

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During the production of The Merchant of Venice a charity night was held and we had great pleasure in donating more than $1300 in boxoffice takings to Caritas. We would like to thank all who attended and helped us make this donation. Details about Caritas and the Project Compassion Appeal can be found at

In Shakespeare's Venice wild carnivals are held, money is thrown around and lovers fiendishly disguise themselves. The city and its rollicking citizens are extravagant and verging on the grotesque. Caught in the middle of this whirlwind of scandal and festivity are Antonio and Shylock. They are floating through surreal circumstances, displaced, angry and bound by a wager of flesh. Shylock is brutally persecuted and made evil. Antonio is disenchanted and recklessly assists Bassanio, trying to find a place in the new world.

The Merchant and the Money Lender are at odds with each other and yet, are somehow united as both are losing their grip in a Venice that is sinking into economic, cultural and judicial madness.

A delirious comedy, a dark fable, this heartbreaking tale of loss, love and revenge will be unmissable.

DirectorConstantine Costi
Assistant DirectorMichael Costi
Set DesignJohn Harrison
Costume DesignAlice Joel
Lighting DesignMichael Schell

Stage ManagerAdriane White
Lighting & Sound OperatorAmy Roberts
James Thorne

ShylockGeoff Sirmai
AntonioAndy Fraser
PortiaTiffany C. Stoecker
NerissaEmily Sheehan
JessicaHarriet Gordon Anderson
Stephen Lloyd-Coombs
GratianoRay Mainsbridge
Brendan Cain
Launcelot Gobbo
Jasper Garner Gore
SalerioSerena Weatherall
Dimitri Armatas

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