The Merchant of Venice


by William Shakespeare


The first performance of this production was at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 5th April, 1984.  It played in repertoire in Stratford throughout the 1984-1985 season.

Creative Team

Directed by John Caird
Designed by Ultz
Lighting by Robert Bryan
Music by Ilona Sekacz
Company Voice Work – Cicely Berry and David Carey
Assistant Director – Alison Sutcliffe
Design Assistant – Jill Jowett
Music Director – Michael Tubbs
Stage Manager – Stella Bond
Deputy Stage Manager – Philip Mac Donald/Michael Stanislaw
Assistant Stage Manager – Kate Trevers



The Duke of Venice – Richard Easton

Antonio, a merchant – Christopher Ravenscroft
Salerio – Jim Hooper
Solanio – Ian Mackenzie
Bassanio – Adam Bareham
Gratiano – James Simmons
Lorenzo – Simon Templeman
Servants to Bassanio – Andy Readman/Jonathan Scott-Tayler

Shylock – Ian McDiarmid
Jessica, his daughter – Amanda Root
Tubal, his friend – Sebastian Shaw
Launcelot Gobbo, his servant – Brian Parr
Old Gobbo, Launcelot’s father – John Rogan

Gaoler – Andy Readman
Clerk of the Court – Jonathan Scott-Taylor



Ghost of Portia’s Father – Richard Easton

Portia – Frances Tomelty
Nerissa – Josette Simon
Balthasar – Stephen Simms
Stephano – David Phelan

The Prince of Morocco – Hepburn Graham
The Prince of Aragon – Martin Jacobs



Michael Tubbs – Organ
Roger Hellyer – Organ
Ian Reynolds – Recorder

Merchant of Venice