Shakespeare in the Park: The Merchant of Venice

Friday 20 July 2018
Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus

The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues - in particular the keeping of promises.

Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default.

Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage.

Admittedly he succeeds - but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss?

Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking.

International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Gates open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7.30pm
£3 per ticket.
Free admission for under 16s, must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets available for collection from Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre, based within Carrickfergus Castle, T: 028 9335 8222.

Please dress for the weather both rain or shine, and bring a low-backed chair or rug to sit on.