Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present "The Merchant of Venice"

Author: Scot Shepley

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will present William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” Aug. 16 to 28 on the University of Notre Dame campus.

The play, directed by David Bell, begins with Bassanio’s quest for Portia. When plans go awry, betrayal and blind anger strike, leaving all to question justice, the power of love and how far all are prepared to go in order to belong.

Performances begin Aug. 16 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m., and conclude with a final performance on Aug. 28 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Decio Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $12 to $35 with special pricing for the performance’s Opening Night Celebration on Aug. 18 (Thursday). A complete schedule and ticket information are available here.

The professional theater-in-residence at Notre Dame since its inception in 2000, the NDSF presents world-class productions on its mainstage while fostering young actors through unique educational performance opportunities such as its Young Company and ShakeScenes programs.

The NDSF is a central component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, which also consists of the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, the Ryan Producing Artistic Director, Actors From The London Stage, ancillary lectures and events, and library collections.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame aims to become a pre-eminent venue for the study and performance of the works of Shakespeare, providing Notre Dame and the wider community an on-campus culture steeped in the works of William Shakespeare—both on the page and on the stage.

Contact: Scot Shepley, interim marketing manager,, 574-631-3777

Originally published by Scot Shepley at on July 14, 2011.