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The Merchant of Venice at Frankston Arts Centre

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by EricaL (subscribe)
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A spot of Shakespeare in Frankston
Treat yourselves to a spot of Shakespeare this August as Bell Shakespeare brings The Merchant Of Venice to Frankston Arts Centre.

The timeless 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare follows the story of Bassanio who acquires a large sum of money from Antonio; a merchant, to woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress.

The Merchant Of Venice
The Merchant Of Venice

To complicate matters, Antonio has no money, so goes to a Jewish money lender by the name of Shylock. Shylock does not like Antonio because of his anti-semitic behaviour, but agrees to lend the money, on certain conditions.

The Merchant Of Venice
The Merchant Of Venice

Although The Merchant Of Venice is a comedy, Bell Shakespeare's modern take on the classic tale explores the dark side of story, which sees the character's strained relationships caused by prejudices. Expect to be taken on a journey filled with romance, mercy and justice.

"Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it." - Bell Shakespeare.

The Bell Shakespeare team who brings the tale of The Merchant Of Venice to the Frankston stage, is a Sydney based production company. Bell Shakespeare introduces Australian audiences to Shakespeare's tales and other classic works on national tours.

The Merchant Of Venice features 3 time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia. The production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir's Jasper Jones and Medea).

The Merchant Of Venice - rehearsals
The Merchant Of Venice - rehearsals

This is your opportunity to explore the works of Shakespeare in a masterfully envisioned production, which tackles prejudices and preconceived notions within friendships.

See The Merchant Of Venice at Frankston Arts Centre for one night only, on Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm. Book here.
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Why? An opportunity to experience Shakespeare in the 'burbs
When: Saturday 19 August 2017 @ 7:30pm
Phone: 03 9784 1060
Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
Cost: From $52 - $71
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