The Merchant

Play - Original

Plymouth Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: November 9, 1977
  • Opening Date: November 16, 1977
  • Closing Date: November 20, 1977
  • Previews: 8
  • Performances: 6

Playwright: Arnold Wesker


Arnold Wesker reimagines William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice with a shift in the relationships and more strongly from the point of view of the Jewish moneylender Shylock, taking his inspiration from the three stories Shakespeare used as his source.


Opening Night Cast

John Clements Antonio Querini
Joseph Leon Shylock Kolner
Roberta Maxwell Portia Contarini
Marian Seldes in The Merchant Marian Seldes Rivka Kolner
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Arnold Wesker Writer
  John Dexter Director
  Jocelyn Herbert Scenic Design
  Jocelyn Herbert Costume Design
  Andy Phillips Lighting Design
  Andrea Wilson Lighting Supervised
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding New Play   Nominee
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