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Merchant of Venice tailored to reflect the credit cruch

PUBLISHED: 16:13 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 16 August 2010

A THEATRE group is set to stage a contemporary credit crunch themed production of Shakespeare s Merchant of Venice. The Changeling Theatre s open air production of the classic play is coming to Nurstead Court, Nurstead Church Lane, Meopham, next Wednesda

A THEATRE group is set to stage a contemporary credit crunch themed production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

The Changeling Theatre's open air production of the classic play is coming to Nurstead Court, Nurstead Church Lane, Meopham, next Wednesday (5) and Thursday. (6). Ex-Hollyoaks star Oliver Farnworth will be playing Lorenzo, the themes of banking and money in the play are given an up-to-date Deal or No Deal inspired twist.

Producer, Mandy Hare, from the Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone, said: "The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, has always fascinated us. The perennial favourites of cross dressing and hidden agendas are of course all there in abundance. But then you have the darker themes of fractured societies, racism, financial collapse - all of which makes it a particularly apposite choice for us this year."

Gates open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £11 for children and over 60s. Pre-booking is essential.

Tickets are available by calling 01474 337 774.

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