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In a special one off performance, to celebrate the publication of the script by Methuen Drama, Ross Ericson will be bringing Gratiano to the London stage for the first time.

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain. In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century and, amongst the turmoil of post war Italy, we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.

'A masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer.'
***** British Theatre Guide

'This deeply moving play proves, once again, that Ericson is a force to be reckoned with.'
***** The Edinburgh Guide

'What makes this show refreshingly different … is its political engagement.'
**** Three Weeks.

Absolutely magnificent... one of the most convincing actors I’ve ever seen. The production definitely leaves one with much food for thought.'
**** Broadway Baby
Recommended ages 8+
Running time
 60 minutes
Saturday 26th January 2019 

Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £18

Early Bird £15


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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