What's On RSC First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice A new production of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, adapted for 7–13 year-olds By William Shakespeare Directed by Robin Belfield Book Now Access Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality. But when one of three boxes holds all you’ve ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone? This new production for 7–13 year olds and their families uses an edited version of Shakespeare’s original text. Created in collaboration with the RSC’s regional theatre partners and Associate Schools, it also sees young actors from the RSC’s Next Generation company play Jessica and Lorenzo. Book now Access Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.