Archived: The Merchant of Venice

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The 18th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
Directed by Dr. Jan Powell
July 7 – 31, 2016
Agecroft Hall – 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA 23221
Box Office: 804-340-0115
(Mon-Wed, 1pm-5pm; Thurs-Friday, 1pm-6pm)
Night Time Box Office*: 804-353-4241
(Thurs-Sun, 6pm-8pm)
*Our Night Time Box Office is open for general information about that evening’s performance only.


If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

A controversial tragicomedy set in the divided world of Renaissance Italy: the glittering golden privilege of the Christian aristocracy and the powerful underworld of the Jewish ghetto. To court the wealthy heiress Portia, Bassanio asks for a large sum from his devoted friend, Antonio, who must borrow the funds. Shylock, the lender, strikes a deadly deal: if Antonio does not repay the loan, he must forfeit a pound of his own flesh. The insidious venom of prejudice poisons all, and mercy’s love is held hostage to the mighty sway of justice.


Rain Policy for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival

If it’s raining before the show…
…remember, our weather can change very quickly! So, decisions about postponing or cancelling a show due to weather will be made between 7-7:25pm, depending on weather forecasts.

If it rains during the show…
…the show will pause, and you will be escorted inside to wait for up to 15 minutes to see if the weather will let up. If we can’t go on, then-
-If we stopped before intermission, you have a choice: 1) full refund at point of purchase OR 2) voucher to return on another night
-If the play is rained out after intermission, you will receive a voucher only. Please note: you must be present to receive a rain voucher.

Photos by Aaron Sutten

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Ticket Prices & Calendar

All seating is General Admission

Preview Ticket Prices: July 7th & 8th at 7:30pm
Adults: $25     Senior (65+): $20     Students/RVATA Members: $15     Groups (10+): $20

Opening Night: July 9th at 7:30pm

Regular Ticket Prices:
$30     Senior (65+): $25     Students/RVATA Members: $20     Groups (10+): $25

Summer Box Office Hours
(804) 340-0115
Monday – Wednesday, 1pm – 5pm
Thursday – Friday, 1pm – 6pm
Night Time Box Office Hours
(804) 353-4241
Thursday-Saturday, 6pm-8pm
The Night Time Box Office is open for general information about that night’s performance only.


4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221

The Richmond Festival at Agecroft Hall offers the only opportunity in North America to see a Shakespeare play in the courtyard of an authentic Tudor house that stood in England in Shakespeare’s lifetime. Arrive at 6pm and stroll through the gardens, or bring your picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn while being serenaded with songs and monologues from our Festival Young Company actors. Then enjoy the performance in comfortable outdoor seating.


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