Bard times at Dukes

A scene from Pocket Merchant of Venice.
A scene from Pocket Merchant of Venice.
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A pocket-sized version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays will see the audience invited onto the stage at The Dukes.

The critically acclaimed Pocket Merchant brings The Merchant of Venice to life in an enticing hour at the Lancaster theatre on October 22.

The Merchant of Venice is an uncompromising tale of greed and revenge.

When Bassanio falls in love with the wealthy Portia, he becomes imprisoned in a bargain with a ruthless moneylender.

A pound of flesh is sought and time is fast running out to untangle the trap of his own making.

Pocket Merchant, directed by Edward Hall, is performed by the all-male Propeller Theatre Company who bring Shakespeare’s texts to life with their trademark clear, humorous and enlightening style.

After the performance, the audience are invited to join the actors and give their response to the show.

Pocket Merchant is recommended for anyone aged 11 plus and will be performed at 2pm and 7.30pm on October 22.

Tickets are priced £10-£12(£8-£10 concessions); £8 schools and students. To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

Don’t forget The Dukes will also host performances of the gritty play The Grand Gesture by Northern Broadsides theatre company this week.

The play, about a man who decides to end it all only to find killing himself is harder than he expected, will be shown from October 15 to 19. Times are 7.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2pm,.