The Merchant of Venice 1936

11 November 2023

We saw The Merchant of Venice at Wilton's Music Hall in the east end of London.
I came away with mixed emotions.

Tracy-Ann Oberman played the role of Shylock

We didn't have particularly good seats - we could only see roughly 1/3 of the stage, and the acoustics on the balcony weren't great.
As a result, I didn't know what was going on for most of the first half.

However, I enjoyed the second half more. The ending in particular was powerful, and the courtroom scene was entertaining.

There were a few things I really liked though.

  1. The 1936-theme was really well done. It captured the nazi-esque manner of Oswald Mosley and the BUF, and felt especially current given the far-right counter-protestors in London that day.

  2. The projection onto the set was excellent. They used it for a huge number of things - newspaper clippings, archive videos, the list goes on.
    It was a really good way of setting the scene, and felt completely in keeping with the rest of the production (which projection doesn't always manage to pull off...)

    An example of the projection being used on stage

Overall, it was a good production. I expect it would have scored a lot higher had I been able to see or hear it!

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