Scenes to explore

The Merchant of Venice is a comedy with some very dark and serious undertones. In Shakespeare’s day, the stage would have been bare, the props few, and the lighting would depend upon the weather. Theatres were open air and the plays were held in daylight.

Nowadays, Shakespeare’s plays are interpreted in many different ways on stage and screen. Directors and their production teams make choices on how they want to stage the play and how the characters will deliver their lines. The decisions they make can often change how the audience think and feel about the play and the characters in it.

Let’s look at three scenes and explore the possibilities for an exciting and unforgettable performance of The Merchant of Venice.

  • Act 1 Scene 2 - Casting Portia
  • Act 4 Scene 1 - Rehearsing the court scene
  • Act 5 Scene 1 - Staging Portia’s reveal