30 Minute Merchant

“What news on the Rialto?”

I took one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice, trimming and stitching the text together, so it ran to 30 minutes with five actors.

I then staged it in a central Manchester cocktail bar and restaurant, serving pizza and a drink lunchtime and early evening.

The show was sell-out, got a five-star review in the Manchester Evening News and even made a tiny profit!