Do you play the villain? A highly charged sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' exploring the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century
£15 / £12 Concs
Thur 7 July 2022, 7:30pm
Sat 9 July 2022, 5:30pm
Running Time: 60min no interval
Suitable for Adults & Aged 16+
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 villain.
In a highly charged 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 Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.
‘It's a masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer.’
★★★★★ British Theatre 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.'
★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
‘[Gratiano] cleverly modernises Shakespeare and provides a different and very engaging slant on [The Merchant of Venice]’
★★★★★ The Barefoot Review
The Rotunda Theatre
@ Bishop's Barn,
Wells BA5 1US
Creatives, Cast & Crew
Written and Performed by Ross Ericson
Directed by Michelle Yim
Grist to the Mill Productions