Jessica Dennis heads to the West End with The Merchant of Venice 1936

Jessica Dennis heads to the West End’s Criterion Theatre in the RSC’s hit production The Merchant of Venice 1936.

Tensions in London’s East End are rising and Shylock, a resilient single mother and hard-working businesswoman, is desperate to protect her daughter’s future. When the charismatic merchant Antonio comes to her for a loan, a high-stakes deal is struck. Will Shylock take her revenge, and who will pay the ultimate price?

Jessica plays Mary and Nerissa, alongside Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock, in this production of Shakespeare’s classic transported to 1930s Britain directed by Brigid Larmour.

“among them her backstabbing housekeeper Gobbo, a gossip-monger played with devilish relish by Jessica Dennis.”
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“Often you see Shakespeare’s texts spoken beautifully but the lines only make you smile because you know them. In Dennis’s capable hands, they are spoken with relish and a devilish glint in the eye.”