The Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice poster 2006

30th June - 19th August 2006

Oxford Castle


Oxford Castle became Creation’s new summer home for this edgy, modernised production of The Merchant of Venice. Director Gari Jones (Royal National Theatre, Young Vic, Almeida Theatre) made his Creation debut with this controversial production. With the Norman tower of the old prison in the background (and even one of the cells to store spare seats and blankets in!), Oxford Castle provided the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s tale of Justice and Retribution.

A talented young and trendy cast including former milky-bar kid, Antony Eden and Gavin Molloy – guitarist with Goldfrapp – brought this production to life as a pack of BNP-style, union jack-waving yobs. Designer Sara Perks had the female cast strutting around the stage in high heels and hot-pants to a soundtrack of contemporary music including songs by The Arctic Monkeys, Greenday and The Pussycat Dolls.


“This Merchant does hook you into Shakespeare’s story.”
Oxford Mail

“This is Shakespeare at breakneck speed.”
Daily Information

“Shylock is a commanding presence.”
What’s On Stage

“Creation’s triumph is to make modern additions an enhancement rather than a distraction.”
Leys News

Artistic team

Director – Gari Jones
Designer – Sara Perks
Assistant Designers – Coco Wake-Porter/Christina Stergios
Sound Designer – Matt Eaton
Lighting Designer – Derek Gilbert
Voice and Verse Coach – Richard Ryder
Fight Director – Mike Bower


Pepe Balderrama – Graziano
Kezia Burrows – Portia
Antony Eden – Bassanio
Amanda Haberland – Nerissa
Gavin Molloy – Antonio
Simon Poole – Shylock
Natasha Pring – Jessica
Paul Shelford – Lorenzo/Duke


Laura Murray
Richard Scott

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