London Theatre TicketsPlaysThe Merchant of Venice 1936 - Tickets
4.14(14 Ratings)
Nancie J WoodUnited kingdoms
The seat was perfect especially since I purchased at the last minute. The sets were mesmerizing and memorable given the re-staging from a previous era and the appropriate timeliness of the anti-semitism issue. And the theater was charming, tho a bit difficult for me to navigate. The cast was the very best, so much more than I expected.

The Merchant of Venice 1936

2 hr with interval
Until 23 mars 2024

Why watch The Merchant of Venice 1936?

  • Watch a unique and electrifying retelling of Shakespeare's classic, The Merchant of Venice, brought to you by the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Renowned director Brigid Larmour uses her 40+ years of theatre experience to recreate the epic story of The Merchant of Venice set in 1936 London.
  • Book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets to see the dramatic adaptation of the Shakespearean tale, enacted by a talented crew, including Tracy-Ann Oberman of Doctor Who, playing the iconic role of Shylock.
  • Get ready for this impactful tale where a Jewish moneylender, widow, and single mother, Shylock, faces anti-semitic violence in a fascist London.
  • The Merchant of Venice 1936 performed a sold-out run at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon before its highly successful UK tour.

The Merchant of Venice 1936 is an impactful adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, set in 1930s fascist London. Nominated for 'Best Play Revival' in the 'What's On Stage 2024' awards, director Brigid Larmour's vision transports Shakespeare's tale to one of the most important moments in British history. Watch renowned actress Tracy-Ann Oberman take on the role of Shylock, the first woman in the play's history to do so. Book The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets and watch the fascinating story unfold on stage.


The plot revolves around a Jewish moneylender, widow, and single mother, Shylock. Set at a time when British fascist politician Oswald Mosley's anti-semitic streetfighters, known as Blackshirts ruled the streets of London, the re-imagined drama eloquently shows the suffering of Jews during the 1930s. How does Shylock protect herself and her daughter? What motivates her to demand a pound of flesh from rich merchant Antonio? Buy The Merchant of Venice 1936 tickets to find out.

Show timings

  • Tues & Fri: 7:30 PM
  • Wed, Thu & Sat: 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Show timings for Merchant of Venice 1936 may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.
  • Audio Described Performance: Sat, 9th March, 2:30pm

Cast & crew

  • Leading Roles: Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock, Hannah Morrish as Portia, Raymond Coulthard as Antonio/Arragon and Gavin Fowler as Bassanio
  • Director: Brigid Larmour

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

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Criterion Theatre is a West End theatre located at Piccadilly Circus. The first production at this theatre happened in 1874, showcasing 'An American Lady'. The Victorian-themed hall has played host to several famous dramas and musicals like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, and The 39 Steps.

Seating Capacity: 588

The Criterion Theatre seating plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting there

Address: Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London, W1V 9LB

Tube: The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Embankment. These are serviced by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, the Northern and Bakerloo lines, and the Northern and Circle and District lines.

Bus: Lines servicing the area include 6, 12, 14, 19, 23, 38, 88, 94, 159, and 453.

Facilities & accessibility

Available Facilities: Restrooms, Bar, Cloakroom

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessibility, Assistive Listening System

Additional information

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security, all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Criterion Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, that the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Tickets redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Merchant of Venice 1936 voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Ratings & reviews

14 Ratings

Frequently asked questions about The Merchant of Venice 1936

How much do tickets to Merchant of Venice 1936 cost?

Tickets start from £21.60 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for the show?

The show opens on 15th February 2024 at The Criterion Theatre.

What age is Merchant of Venice 1936 appropriate for?

The show does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children aged 12 and above.

Where is the show playing in London?

The show is playing at The Criterion Theatre in London and opens on 15th February 2024.

What is The Merchant of Venice 1936 about?

The Shakespearean play tells the tale of a Jewish moneylender, widow, and single parent who faces anti-semitic violence in a fascist London.

How long does Merchant of Venice 1936 run for?

The running time of this play is 2 hours including an interval.

Who are the main stars of The Merchant of Venice 1936?

The main stars of the show are Tracy-Ann Oberman starring as Shylock, Hannah Morrish as Portia, Raymond Coulthard as Antonio/Arragon, and Gavin Fowler playing the role of Bassanio.