The Merchant of Venice

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Sport for Jove Presents

The Merchant of Venice

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 07 May - 16 May 2015


By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Richard Cottrell

“…a pound of flesh…nearest his heart…so says the bond…” 

The Merchant of Venice is a story Shakespeare couldn’t resist…an unfathomable sadness in a man’s heart…the mysterious terrors of the ocean…hate crime and religious intolerance…our willingness to gamble with our lives…things that still hurt and hinder us to this day in our struggle to know the difference between mercy and justice.

Sport for Jove’s reputation for reimagining Shakespeare’s classics is peerless.

Some of Shakespeare’s most extraordinary characters people this play. Portia, the brilliant young woman who dresses as a man to save Merchant’s life and bears witness to an untold passion between Antonio and her husband, Bassanio. At the centre of them all in the court of Venice stands a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, demanding a pound of flesh from a man who is willing to have his heart torn out of his body as a gesture of love to his friend…

After an incredible Twelth Night in 2014, The Merchant of Venice promises to be another incredible night in the theatre.

Dates and Times:
Thursday 7 May 7:30pm
Friday 8 May 11am & 7:30pm
Saturday 9 May 7:30pm
Friday 15 May 10am & 7:30pm
Saturday 16 May 7:30pm

To receive a season package, simply complete the booking form on page 39 of our 2015 Season Brochure, or click here to download and print a copy. To request a 2015 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399 or email For school bookings – Please see the Schools tab.

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SUITABLE FOR years 9 – 12


$25 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 10 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form

ADD ON: Sport for Jove’s exceptional The Merchant of Venice HSC Symposium accompanies the show on May 15. Click here for more information and bookings.


The reasons to see this for any student are simple – firstly it is an excellent example of both great quality theatre and modern productions of Shakespeare. However – if your students are studying ‘Merchant’ for the HSC – they absolutely CANNOT MISS this production – and not JUST because they get to see a stage adaptation of the text. Sport for Jove are absolute experts in presenting Shakespeare in a way that makes you see the text in a different light. You will see the penny drop as your students’ understanding of the complexities in this text are realised, and you won’t see true engagement with Shakespeare quite like what a ‘Sport for Jove’ production can bring. Even your most stubborn students will be converts to the world of the Bard! 


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

The Merchant of Venice Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


The Merchant of Venice Curriculum Links


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Ticket Prices

Season Package Adult $25
Season Package Concession $19
Sidekicks Adult $25
Sidekicks Concession $19
Season Guest Adult $30
Season Guest Concession $20
Single Tickets Adult $35
Single Tickets Concession $25
Groups 10+ $32
Student/Teacher $25

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00