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Tracy-Ann Oberman stars in Shakespeare’s classic The Merchant of Venice (1936) AT HOME MANCHESTER

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars in Shakespeare’s classic The Merchant of Venice (1936)

By Steve Cooke

An opportunity to see an innovative retelling of The Merchant of Venice - one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most controversial plays - through the lens of a dark but inspiring chapter in Britain’s history - while exploring what turns a single working mother to violent revenge.

In 1936. Fascism is sweeping Europe and the Jewish East End of London is under threat. Shylock has already fought for survival in Russia and is now fighting for a better future for her daughter, running a small business from a cramped terraced house. Privileged City trader Antonio desperately needs a loan – so desperately that he makes a dangerous bargain with Shylock. But after years of abuse at Antonio’s hands, will Shylock finally take her revenge when the opportunity presents itself? Or will she unexpectedly meet her match in society beauty Portia?

Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner) leads an incredible cast as morals, prejudice and power collide in The Merchant of Venice (1936).

On-stage seating offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the action and be on the front line at the Battle of Cable Street - comprising 3 seats per table and offering a brand-new perspective on The Merchant of Venice!

You can also join Tracy-Ann Oberman and Lord Mann as they discuss the importance of reclaiming history against the backdrop of this new re-imagined production. Lord Mann is an independent advisor to UK Government on Antisemitism.

Talk/ Beyond Merchant of Venice 1936, Thursday 23 March 2023, 18:00 - free but a ticket must be booked.

If you wish to book a Wheelchair space, companion ticket or have any access related requests please call 0161 200 1500 (12noon-8pm daily) or email For any other Box Office related queries please email A non-refundable booking fee of £1.20 per ticket applies to all bookings.

If you have not been before you can find HOME at the heart of the city centre, at First St, just off Whitworth St West within easy reach of Manchester’s great public transport links and easily walkable from city centre locations.

The building is fully accessible, informal, and relaxed – there are no dress codes.

HOME Manchester‘ work with ‘international and UK artists to produce entertaining, extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking film, art, drama, dance, and festivals, with a strong focus on new commissions, and talent development’ and are well worth a visit.

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