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14 - 23 July, 2011 - Guildford College of Law

Following Much Ado, we took audiences to a brand new venue - Guildford's College of Law - for Shakespeare's darkly comic masterpiece of revenge. To help his friend woo the woman he loves, Antonio, a merchant, borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, signing a contract to honour the debt with a pound of his own flesh. All is well until Antonio's business collapses and Shylock demands settlement. Set in the late 1920s, the college's elegant gardens played host to corruption, danger, hedonism and greed - with the Elizabethan manor house forming the backdrop for the infamous courtroom scene...

Reviews & Audience Comments

"heart-rendering...as ever, a thoroughly enjoyable evening is assured when in their [GSC] company *****" Remotegoat.com

"the most powerful production [of Merchant] you are ever likely to see" Farnham Herald

"a true coup of site-specific theatre" Playshakespeare.com

"their vocal clarity and sense of verse was enviable." Surrey Advertiser

"It was simply superb - to be spellbound, amused and to follow every moment of text and to want the production never to end - all on a drizzly evening is a credit to the direction and acting of one of the best evenings of theatre I have ever been privileged to attend." Malcolm Padgett

"...made us feel we were witnessing actual events. The Bard would be proud." Sue Heitkamp

"I've never really been into Shakespeare but you manage to bring it alive." Helen Webb



The Duke of Venice
Antonio, a merchant
Bassanio, his friend
Jessica, Shylock’s daughter
Launcelot Gobbo, servant to Shylock
Portia, the Lady of Belmont
Nerissa, Portia’s maid
The Prince of Morocco, suitor of Portia
The Prince of Arragon, suitor of Portia

Composer/Musical Director
Assistant Designer
Verse & Vocal Coach

Rhys King
Damian Davis
James Loye
Andy Cryer
Matt Pinches
Sarah Gobran
Rhys King
James Sobol-Kelly
Ellie Beaven
Matt Pinches
Rachel Donovan
Sarah Gobran
Matt Pinches
Andy Cryer

Charlotte Conquest
Neil Irish
Mary McAdam
Libby Davis
Aidan Treays
Sarah Stephenson


Please click on a thumbnail to view a photo ~ Photography by Mike Eddowes