VENUES, DATES & TIMES:
stage 2, penangpac
14- 16 Apr @8.30pm, 17 Apr @3pm
pentas 2, klpac
20-23 Apr @8.30pm, 23-24 Apr @3pm
(extra day shows at penangpac and klpac can be arranged upon request)
approx 100 minutes, plus a 15-minute Q&A
RM45 / RM35 (Students)
RM30 (minimum 40 pax and above)
tickets are available for sale starting 1 February 2016
klpac @ Sentul Park (+603 4047 9000)
penangpac @ Straits Quay (+604 899 1722 / 2722)
ticketpro (+603 7880 7999)
Co-presented by KL Shakespeare Players and The Actors Studio Teater Seni Rakyat, THIS production condenses the three-hour long play into 100 minutes, focusing on the canonical scenes in original Shakespearean English. Narration, in contemporary English, punctuates the performance to provide contexts, character analyses and clarifications of unfamiliar “Shakespearean expressions”. The theater-goer who has never read or even heard of Shakespeare will, by the end of the performance, know at least the main plot, major themes and relevant social issues.
The Jewish moneylender Shylock loans 3,000 ducats to Antonio, a Christian merchant. The loan contract sweeps the two men and everyone in their worlds into chaos as prejudices and the desire for revenge play out when Shylock demands the “pound of flesh”. The insightful Portia boldly intervenes to save Antonio, with unforeseen consequences for all.
The Merchant of Venice is one of the most popularly staged Shakespearean plays, a tragicomedy that takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride. With its strong exploration of race, religion, the law, justice, friendship, love, gender and marital fidelity, this play continues to attract controversy and debate even in modern stagings.
Rather than present a play with a neat division between the “good” and “bad” guys, this production depicts human characters who are sometimes good, sometimes bad; sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Sometimes plain foolish.