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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2014: The Merchant of Venice

A merchant risks life and limb to help his friend Bassanio pursue love, while the object of Bassanio's desire lies in a choice of three caskets.

Ancient grudges and fast judgements come into play as bonds are made and betrayed among the colourful characters of a city built on slippery decadence.

Court-room thriller, romantic comedy and social exploration are masterfully woven together in this controversial comedy-drama.

As the sun sets overhead and seagulls wheel on the sea breeze, be transported to the bustling canals and shady alleyways of Venice.

I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause;
But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
Shylock, Act III Sc 3



Cast & Crew - Poster - Amy Levene's photos


The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree.
Portia, Act I Sc 2





"It wasn't so much Shakespeare in the Round as Shakespeare in Your Lap! Unforgettable!"

Rhodri Morgan, Western Mail, 15 August 2014




The Merchant of Venice was the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 28th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and was directed by Amy Levene.

Performances were from Wednesday 6 August to Saturday 9 August 2014

With grateful thanks to the people of St Dogmaels and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments for their generosity and continued support.

Proceeds from this production donated to Hanes Llandoch and the St Dogmaels War Memorial Project.