Sport For Jove proudly welcomes legendary theatre-maker Richard Cottrell who'll be directing The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice is a story Shakespeare couldn’t resist…an unfathomable sadness in a man’s heart…the mysterious terrors of the ocean…hate crime and religious intolerance…our willingness to gamble with our lives…things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to know the difference between mercy and justice.
What would you give up for love? Antonio is ready to have his heart torn from his body for Bassanio in a game of chance with the Jew, Shylock, one of Shakespeare's most extraordinary creations. While Portia's life rests on another gamble, with men from all over the world venturing the choice of three caskets to win her heart.
The Merchant of Venice is Shakespeare at his boldest, most dangerous and most entertaining - funny and romantic, dark and subversive, fantastical and yet as real as flesh and blood can be. It's sublime poetry awash with the ocean and the imaginative allure of Venice, Merchant is a courtroom thriller offering an eternally modern perspective on every culture's addiction to risk and money, every human being's hunger for love and friendship, and every community's need to understand the difference between justice and mercy.
The Merchant of Venice, By William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Cottrell
May 7th – May 30th