The Merchant of Venice
14 - 23 JULY 2011
We had long wished to use the gardens of the College of Law in Guildford, and after a long period of planning we were very excited to bring Shakespeare’s legal drama to this most apt of settings.
Set in the 1930s, with a speakeasy atmosphere, Charlotte Conquest deftly weaved the comic and tragic together for very poignant telling of The Merchant of Venice. The famous trial scene was staged in front of the Law College Manor House.
For the next 7 years, GSC made these gardens their summer home.
“the most powerful production [of Merchant] you are ever likely to see” Farnham Herald
“a true coup of site-specific theatre” Playshakespeare.com
“one of the best evenings of theatre I have ever been privileged to attend.” Audience member
THE DUKE OF VENICE/LORENZO Rhys King
ANTONIO Damian Davis
BASSANIO James Loye
GRATIANO Andy Cryer
SALERIO/LAUNCELOT GOBBO/THE PRINCE OF MOROCCO Matt Pinches
SOLANIO/NERISSA Sarah Gobran
SHYLOCK James Sobol-Kelly
JESSICA Ellie Beaven
PORTIA Rachel Donovan
THE PRINCE OF ARRAGON Andy Cryer
Servants, messengers and clerks played by members of the Company.
Director Charlotte Conquest
Designer Neil Irish
Composer/Musical Director Mary McAdam
Assistant Designer Libby Davis
Choreographer Aidan Treays
Verse & Vocal Coach Sarah Stephenson
Company Stage Manager Kerrie Driscoll
Deputy Stage Manager Beth Sweeney