The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespearedirected by Malcolm Brown
October 1975
The Civic Theatre

Leeds Arts Centre performed The Merchant of Venice in October 1975.

Set designs

The set for this production was designed by Malcolm Brown; an original drawing can be seen here.


The Duke of VeniceTony Nelson
Antonio, a merchant of VeniceGraham Alchorne
Salerio, a friend of AntonioTim Powell
Solanio, a friend of AntonioTrevor Smith
Bassanio, a friend of Antonio and suitor of PortiaMartin Key
Gratiano, a friend of Antonio and BassanioEdwin Barraclough
Lorenzo, a friend of Antonio and BassanioAlan Mitcheson
Leonardo, servant of BassanioPhilip Pawson
Shylock, a rich Jew of VeniceLen Sheldon
Tubal, a Jew, friend of ShylockJim Young
Jessica, daughter of ShylockAnne Robinson
Launcelot Gobbo, servant of ShylockJohn Biggins
Old Gobbo, father of LauncelotGeoff Mountain
GaolerPhilip Pawson
Portia, a rich heiress, Lady of BelmontPam Swift
Nerissa, Portia’s waiting-womanMonica Brown
Balthasar, a servant of PortiaGary Linley
Stephano, a servant of PortiaAndrew Butler
Ladies in Waiting to PortiaShirley Brearly
 Betty Johnson
 Christine Lamy
Prince of Morocco, a suitor of PortiaStephen Hill
Prince of Arragon, a suitor of PortiaGeorge Teale
Servant Girl, a MoorLiz Key
MusicianMichael Beardsell

Backstage team

DirectorMalcolm Brown
Stage ManagerGeorge Westmoreland
PropertiesDoreen Parker
PromptBetty Triggs
 Christine Wilson
Music composed byGillian Thresh
Set ConstructionGeorge Westmoreland
 Ray Spurgeon
 Trevor Money
 Les Wormald
WardrobeMaggie Rhodes
 LAC Team
PublicityJulian Norman
Box OfficeJohn Pemberton

Archive documents

The following documents from the production are in the LAC archive.

Download: Programme
(288 KBytes)

Add to the archive

We’re always looking to add to our archive of past productions – if you have any other memories of The Merchant of Venice, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Other productions

Leeds Arts Centre has also performed The Merchant of Venice on other occasions, in 1964 and 1956 – more details of those productions can be found by following these links to their pages in this archive.