Quality on Mersey

Published: 29 February 2020
Reporter: David Upton

A major co-production between five leading regional theatres of The Merchant of Venice will star Tracy Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner, Toast of London) as Shylock when it comes to Liverpool Playhouse September 22 to October 3.

Directed by Brigid Larmour, artistic director of Watford Palace Theatre, it’s set in London of the 1930s—East End, West End and City.

Oberman says she was inspired to reframe the play based on her own great grandmother’s experience as a single mother in the East End.

She reimagines Shylock as an East End matriarch, a refugee from pogroms in Russia. The production is led by Watford Palace Theatre in partnership with Leeds Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Rose Theatre, Kingston.