The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Love. Rebellious children. Money and greed. Racial tensions. The Merchant of Venice is a play for our age.

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.

Packed with poetry and expressions that are now part of our everyday language, this dynamic two-hour version is set against the backdrop of Oxford University Parks, and is not to be missed.


Entrances on:

  • Parks Road (OX2 6QR)
  • South Parks Road (OX1 3RF)
  • Norham Gardens (OX2 6QA).,

Duration: 2 hours with interval

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Extra Information:

This is an outdoor production, please dress warmly. Blankets are available for hire. Chairs with backs (no cushions) are provided. Audience seating is on a gentle slope.The action will be on raised staging.

No lower age limit for attendance but parents are advised to accompany younger children.

An alternative indoor venue with reduced capacity will be available in the event of rain. Refunds or tickets for other nights will be offered to any audience members who cannot be accommodated.

Refreshments for sale on site. Picnics allowed in University Parks. Bicycles are not permitted in the University Parks.



Standard Concessions £3 off

Children under 16 (£9 evenings, £6 matinee)

Groups: Buy 7 tickets get the 8th ticket free


Evening performances will finish around 9pm and the University Parks will close at 9.30pm

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