Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

The Merchant Of Venice | Bell Shakespeare

Presented by NORPA and Southern Cross University

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 2017


$20-47 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall


Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Featuring three time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production will be directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

By William Shakespeare
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set & Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Voice Coach Jess Chambers
Dramaturg Benedict Hardie

Fayssal Bazzi
Mitchell Butel
Catherine Davies
Eugene Gilfedder
Shiv Palekar
Damien Strouthos
Jessica Tovey
Jo Turner
Jacob Warner

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Adult $55
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $49
Under 25 $25

NORPA Subscribers
Adult $44
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $40
Under 25 $20
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Allocated seating (numbered tickets).
Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.


Recommended for 13 years+.
Duration is 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).


The Bank Cafe Diner will be open from 6pm. They will be offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available). The seasonal menu will be confirmed one week before the performance date.

Lismore City Hall has indoor and outdoor dining options.

Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.