The Sydney Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing intimate performances of the canon and next month they’re tackling one of The Bard’s most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice.

If you don’t recall the work from your high school English days, here’s a refresher: boy longs to conquer the love of girl, boy doesn’t have any money to get to girl, boy loans money from merchant, merchant loans money from moneylender. What could possibly go wrong? A lot. Shakespeare’s complex comedy explores themes of intolerance, vengeance, love and money and is showing at the Tap Gallery from August 7-24.

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