What Do Critics Think of Jonathan Pryce Merchant of Venice?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Jonathan Pryce Merchant of Venice?
The acclaimed production from London’s Globe Theatre kicked off its U.S. engagements at Lincoln Center Festival.
Jonathan Pryce in <i>The Merchant of Venice</i>
Jonathan Pryce in The Merchant of Venice

The Globe Theatre of London’s acclaimed 2015 production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Miss Saigon), kicked off its limited U.S. engagements July 20 at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, ahead of stagings in D.C. and Chicago.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, the show played through July 24 at the Rose Theater, on a set that recreated the Globe stage. Pryce stars in the role of Shylock, alongside his daughter Phoebe Pryce in the role of Jessica.

Read reviews for the production below:

The Guardian
Huffington Post
The New York Times
Time Out New York

Following its Lincoln Center Festival run, the production will now play July 27-30 at the Eisenhower Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and August 4-14 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, prior to embarking on a tour of China, and a return engagement at Shakespeare’s Globe October 4-15.

See photos from the Lincoln Center Festival run below:

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:

The Merchant of Venice is designed by Mike Britton. The 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.

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