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Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero - just a minor character, the plucky comic relief - but he never thought he played the villian.


In a thought-provoking sequel to William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare’s classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters and ask just how politicians managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.




★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"It's a masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer."


★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"There is a much greater tragedy on the Gratiano’s horizon than a pound of flesh, and this deeply moving play proves, once again, that Ericson is a force to be reckoned with."




Written and performed by: Ross Ericson

Directed by: Michelle Yim


Presented by: Grist to the Mill Productions

Twitter: @gristtheatre





Brighton Fringe 2020

Thur 7 May @ 6pm

Tue 12 May @ 6pm

Fri 15 May @ 6pm

Sat 16 May @ 4:30pm


1 hour, no interval


Brighton Fringe 2020

Standard £12

Standard Full Price Tickets applies to all unless otherwise stipulated. We keep our ticket prices low so offer no concessions.


Age 14+

Warning: Occasional swearing

Audience under 14 are admitted at guardian's discretion

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