The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare

Directed by Peter Foster

The Tower Theatre performing in Paris at the Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan, Bois de Boulogne

Tuesday June 2nd at 3.00
Wednesday June 3rd at 7.30
Thursday June 4th at 12.00 and at 7.30
Saturday June 6th at 3.00 and at 7.30
Sunday June 7th at 3.00

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Tickets will be available from the beginning of April 2020.

Hidden in the Bois de Boulogne, in the Pré Catelan garden, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare is one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the world. The audience sits on a large lawn around which are planted the flowers, trees and plants which are mentioned in five of Shakespeare's plays. Each year since 1992 the Tower Theatre Company has performed Shakespeare in this delightful setting.

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

In 2020, our 29th year in Paris, the Tower Theatre Company presents The Merchant of Venice - a play which is at the same time one of Shakespeare's most popular, and one of his most controversial comedies. With its confusion of traders, money lending, love that relies on controlling fathers (one from beyond the grave), a riddle of caskets, and rings that bind and are lost, Merchant also reveals the dark side of trading concealing anti-Semitism and a society at odds with itself.

Disguise, cross-dressing, beauty, and harsh words and deeds all vie for our attention in this compelling play.

Bassanio persuades the merchant, Antonio, to lend him money so that he can follow his heart to wed Portia. Antonio will forfeit a pound of his flesh if he does not repay the moneylender, Shylock. When all his money is lost, can Portia's wit save him from Shylock's vengeance?

The play will be presented in English with French sub-titles.

The performances at 3.00 on Tuesday 2nd June and at noon on Thursday 4th June are aimed particularly at students and school parties.