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In June 2020, for their 29th visit to Paris, the Tower Theatre Company will return to play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Foster. This will performed as usual at the open-air Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne.

Are love and friendship really worth trading your life for?

The Merchant of Venice is at the same time one of Shakespeare's most popular, and one of his most controversial comedies.

With its confusion of traders, money lending, love that relies on controlling fathers (one from beyond the grave), a riddle of caskets, and rings that bind and are lost, Merchant also reveals the dark side of trading concealing anti-Semitism and a society at odds with itself.

Disguise, cross-dressing, beauty, and harsh words and deeds all vie for our attention in this compelling play.

Bassanio persuades the merchant, Antonio, to lend him money so that he can follow his heart to wed Portia. Antonio will forfeit a pound of his flesh if he does not repay the moneylender, Shylock. When all his money is lost, can Portia's wit save him from Shylock's vengeance?

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Hidden in the Bois de Boulogne, in the Pré Catelan garden, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare is one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the world. The audience sits on a large lawn around which are planted the flowers, trees and plants which are mentioned in five of Shakespeare's plays. Since 1992 the Tower Theatre Company has performed Shakespeare during the first week of June in this delightful setting.

How to get there

Théatre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

Théatre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

Practical Details

Refreshments :
There are very limited refreshments available at the theatre but you are welcome to bring your own.

Weather :
The Tower Theatre Company performs whatever the weather provided they have an audience (only 3 shows have been cancelled due to rain in the last 28 years) - so bring a raincoat in case of showers and/or a hat because there isn't much shade when it is hot.

Entrance to the theatre :
The theatre box office is open an hour before the performance; access to the theatre is normally 30 minutes before. Seats are only reserved for group bookings; for other places it is first come first served.

Dogs :
We regret that dogs are not permitted in the theatre.


The Tower Theatre

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice