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Toronto: Real Canaan Theatre presents “The Merchant of Venice” September 8-25

Thursday, July 21, 2022

In a culture of demonstration and forced relevancy, Real Canaan Theatre’s anti-gimmick, no frills approach is a deeply honest exploration of Shakespeare’s perhaps most controversial play. Focusing on human interaction through the medium of classical text, this production seeks to provoke discussion on the transcendence of character, identity politics, and relationship ideals. Balancing the spirit and letter of the law has never seemed a more daunting task.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is performed by Aaron MacPherson, Bridget Ori, Elyssia Giancola, Freya Scerri Diacono, Hadley Abrams, Kitti Laki, and Roberto Ercoli


Directed by Christopher Lucas

Designed and Produced by Carrie Lucas

September 8th - 25th, 2022

at Red Sandcastle Theatre

922 Queen St E, Toronto

$15 Student and Arts Worker / $28 Advance / $35 Door


7:00PM Doors/7:30PM Showtime

2:00PM Doors/2:30PM Weekend Matinees

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission

*Please read Red Sandcastle Theatre’s COVID19 safety protocols here. HEPA filtration throughout the theatre, vaccinated & masked staff, as well as mandatory masks for all audience members, in order to gain admittance to the theatre. There is no food or drink allowed in the theatre at this time.

About Real Canaan Theatre

RCT was founded in 2022 by a husband and wife duo, as a reflection of their mutual fascination for the place theatre and literature intersect. They are a Toronto-based company who are committed to creating and producing vibrant, accessible, ‘no-frills’ theatre, whose heart is found in the craft of performance and whose soul lies in the relationship between actor and audience. Their work seeks to provoke discussion and promote inclusion. Real Canaan Theatre are presenting their first piece of work, The Merchant of Venice, at The Red Sandcastle Theatre this September.

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