The Merchant of Venice
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln CenterBroadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor
“Jonathan Pryce is electrifyingly good.”
Time Out (U.K.)
“Exceptionally well-told, well-played, well-paced, well-dressed . . . The Globe at its best”
Mail on Sunday (U.K.)
By William Shakespeare
North American premiere production
Director Jonathan Munby
Designer Mike Britton
Composer Jules Maxwell
Choreographer Lucy Hind
With Jonathan Pryce and Stefan Adegbola, Christopher Logan, Brian Martin, Rachel Pickup, Phoebe Pryce
Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole
After an exceptional double bill of Twelfth Night and Richard III that played to sold-out houses on Broadway in 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to New York this summer for its Lincoln Center debut. Jonathan Pryce delivers a “finely textured” Shylock (Financial Times) in this “exceptionally well-told, well-played, well-paced revival” (Mail on Sunday, U.K.).
The Merchant of Venice has proved to be one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays to transpose to modern tastes. Bawdy humor and romantic hijinks coexist with difficult questions of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Director Jonathan Munby approaches these challenges with nuance, intelligence, and wit in a glistening production where “the lighter and darker elements combine in a seamless whole” (Telegraph, U.K.). In the role of Shylock—as famous for his merciless insistence that a debt be repaid with “a pound of flesh” as for his trenchant speech that asks “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”—Pryce exacts a highly sympathetic portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, at once a vengeful tyrant and a piteous, persecuted outcast.
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