William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Description: Oliver Rix as Duke of Aumerle and David Tennant as Richard II in Richard II. Photo by Kwame Lestrade 


Encore Showings

 Wednesday, October 7th at 4pm

Friday, October 16th at 7pm

The length of the production is approximately 3 hours, including intermission.

  • Ticket Information:

      Advance Tickets preferred: Call OLLI Burgiss Box Office 864-294-2998. Tickets also available at the door, 30 minutes before show time. Adults $18, OLLI members/Furman Faculty & Staff $16, Students with ID $10.

  • Parking Information:

      Free parking in the Trone Student Center parking lot weekdays after 3pm, weekends all day. Use Furman University main entrance, go around the first traffic circle and exit right on The Mall, going to the second traffic circle and exit first right, follow signs to Trone Student Center and park in the lot adjacent to the lake. Burgiss Theater is on the second level of Trone Student Center. Alternate free parking at The Furman Chapel on the left off of The Mall and walk towards the Duke Library, going around the left of the building to Trone Center, entering on the top floor.

  • Dinner Information:

      Enjoy eating at Furman’s Pub: The Paladin.  Post theater dinners on October 7th at 7:15pm, Pre theater dinners on October 16th beginning at 5:30pm (please order your meal by 5:45pm to allow time to enjoy it  before the performance @ 7pm)

  • Synopsis: William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

      Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, lends three thousand ducats to his friend Bassanio in order to assist him in his wooing of the wealthy and beautiful Portia of Belmont, an estate some distance from Venice. 

      Antonio's own money is tied up in business ventures that depend on the safe return of his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender whom he has previously insulted for his high rates of interest. 

      Shylock lends the money against a bond. Failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio's flesh. 

      Portia's suitors

      Portia's father has decreed that she will marry whichever suitor makes the correct choice when presented with three caskets, made of gold, silver and lead. 

      Where wealthy suitors from Morocco and Aragon fail, Bassanio succeeds by choosing lead. His friend Gratiano marries Portia's lady-in-waiting Nerissa at the same time. 

      News arrives that Antonio's ships have been lost; he is unable to pay his debt. 

      A trial

      Shylock's claim to his pound of flesh is heard in the law court before the duke. 

      Unknown to their husbands, Portia disguises herself as a young male lawyer acting on behalf of Antonio, Nerissa as a clerk. 

      Portia argues that Shylock is entitled to his pound of flesh but not to spill any of Antonio's blood.

      She also says that the Jew should forfeit his life for having conspired against the life of a Venetian. 

      The duke pardons Shylock on condition that he gives half his wealth to Antonio and half to the state. 

      Antonio surrenders his claim on condition that Shylock converts to Christianity and leaves his property to his daughter Jessica, whom he has disinherited for running away with her Christian lover, Lorenzo. 

      Portia and Nerissa then assert their power over Bassanio and Gratiano through a trick involving rings that the men have promised never to part with. 

      Finally there is good news about Antonio's ships.

      Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdSuKX46LAM​

  • Future RSC Dates & Times:

      *The Merchant of Venice: Wednesday, October 7th at 4pm and Friday, October 16th at 7pm

      *Othello: Wednesday, October 21st at 4pm and Friday, October 30th at 7pm

      *Henry V: Friday, November 20th at 4pm and Saturday, November 21st at 7pm


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