The Merchant of Venice

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th October 2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) visited Newcastle upon Tyne in October with The Merchant of Venice.  


Performances took place at Sacred Heart Catholic High School on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October.  Both 6pm performances were open to the public.

Presented in association with Northern Stage, The Merchant of Venice will be an edited version of the play, running at 90 minutes, and performed using Shakespeare’s original language.  Although primarily aimed at 7-13 year olds, this First Encounters with Shakespeare production can be enjoyed by all ages. 

As an RSC Lead Associate School,  working in partnership with the RSC, Northern Stage and other local schools to develop best practice in how to teach and introduce Shakespeare to school children, the tour includes a digital learning experience for the first time, equipping teachers with resources to teach Shakespeare in new, engaging ways using Adobe Spark and Creative Cloud. 

This touring show features eight professional actors, and 22 young actors all under the age of 18 who will share the roles of Jessica and Lorenzo, with different combinations of young actors performing these two roles in each venue.  Drawn from each of the English regions, the young actors are part of RSC Next Generation ACT – a group who have a talent for acting, but who would not necessarily have the opportunity to develop it.  

Sacred Heart Catholic High School is part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, a company limited by guarantee registered in

England and Wales under company registration number No 7841435. Registered Office: Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9YH

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