Portia has a problem: before she can marry, her father’s will sets a near-impossible challenge for her suitors.
In nearby Venice, Bassanio borrows money from the merchant Antonio in order to woo Portia. Short of funds while his ships are at sea, Antonio turns to his old rival, Shylock, to raise the capital.
Shylock agrees on condition that if Antonio does not pay it back, he may cut a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Not taking him seriously, Antonio agrees. When a storm wrecks Antonio’s ships, Shylock demands payment.
This dynamic two-hour version of Shakespeare’s gripping drama explores race relations, the morality of business, and the importance of trust and friendship. Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, and set against the backdrop of Oxford University Parks, this production is not to be missed.
Please note: this is an outdoor production, so please dress warmly. Chairs with backs are provided and blankets will be available to hire. Refreshments will also be for sale on site.