The Shylock Play

The Merchant of Venice

An adaptation by Julia Pascal

What happens when someone who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto goes to the Venice Ghetto today and meets a group of performers about to play The Merchant of Venice? Has the text set the seeds for the antisemitism of modern times? A radical exploration of The Merchant of Venice opens up areas of the play which have never previously been staged.


“Highly recommended”
BIG Q REVIEWS, The Merchant of Venice (The Shylock Play) 11/9/2007
BIG Q REVIEWS, The Merchant of Venice (The Shylock Play) 11/9/2007

Production History

The Shylock Play is available from Bloomsbury

Arcola 2007
Directed by Julia Pascal
Designed by Sam Boardman-Jacobs
Movement Design by Thomas Kampe


Paul Herzberg Shylock
Ruth Posner Sarah
Jodie Taibi/Emily Sidonie Jessica
Miranda Pleasence Portia