The Globe Theatre of London’s acclaimed 2015 production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Miss Saigon), kicks off its limited U.S. engagements July 20 at the Lincoln Center Festival.
Directed by Jonathan Munby, the show is a highlight of the festival—which began July 13— where it is playing through July 24 at the Rose Theater, on a set that recreates the Globe stage. Pryce stars in the role of Shylock, alongside his daughter Phoebe Pryce in the role of Jessica.
The cast of The Merchant of Venice also features Stefan Adegbola as Launcelot Gobbo, Andy Apollo as Lorenzo, Raj Bajaj as Solanio, Jolyon Coy as Gratiano, Dan Fredenburgh as Bassanio, Michael Hadley as Duke of Venice/Tubal, Colin Haigh as Balthasar, Christopher Logan as Arragon, Dominic Mafham as Antonio, Brian Martin as Nerissa, Rachel Pickup as Portia, with John Hastings and Meghan Tyler in the ensemble. The production features live musicians, including Jeremy Avis (musical director/singer/percussion), Dai Pritchard (bass clarinet/clarinet), Harry Napier (cello/voice) and Lea Cornthwaite (singer/percussion).
See highlights from the production below:
Following its Lincoln Center Festival run, the production will then play July 27-30 at the Eisenhower Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and from August 4-14 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, prior to embarking on a tour of China, and a return engagement at Shakespeare’s Globe from October 4-15.
The Merchant of Venice is designed by Mike Britton. Composer is Jules Maxwell; choreographer is Lucy Hind; fight director is Kate Waters; fighting designer is Oliver Fenwick; and sound designer is Christopher Shutt.
The production, recorded in 2015 at The Globe in London, will also hit screens in the U.S. with the return of the Globe on Screen series. Screenings of Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice and Richard II will be shown in movie theatres August through October in over 30 cities around the country. For tickets and a list of cities and screening dates, visit globeonscreen.com.
(Updated July 20, 2016)