The merchant of venice

The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare in the Open Air 
performed by well-known and well-loved
British open-air theatre company ILLYRIA

The Merchant of Venice
the merchantThe Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and is so confident about paying it back that he enters into a ridiculous agreement: that he will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan.
Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds - but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss?
Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns thrilling, funny, romantic and unsettling. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

*Grounds open 2 hours before the performance for picnics

Tuesday4 September19.30Heeswijk-Dinther, KersouweTickets on sale!
Thursday6 September19.30*Wassenaar, Raadhuis de PaauwTickets on sale!
Friday7 September19.30*Wassenaar, Raadhuis de PaauwTickets on sale!
Saturday8 September19.30*Putten, Schovenhorst EstateTickets on sale!

Heeswijk-Dinther (Kersouwe Natuurtheater) how to get there?
Kersouwelaan 1, 5473 TE Heeswijk Dinther

Wassenaar (Raadhuis de Paauw, Municipality of Wassenaar) how to get there?
Raadhuislaan 22, 2242 Wassenaar

Putten (Schovenhorst Estate) how to get there?
Garderenseweg 93, 3881 GK  Putten  

Tickets rise from € 12.50 - € 35.00 (at the door € 37.50)
NOTE The Easy-STET ticketing system in WASSENAAR: prices will rise closer to the time (so... the earlier you book, the cheaper it is!)  Book your tickets in the online STET Ticketshop.
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Chairs provided on all locations. 

PICNIC illyria 2018b
Get out your picnic hampers and fill them with your home-made pies, tarts, salads and whatever more... Do take insect repellents, warm clothes etc with you. Grounds open 2 hours before the performance.

Food Trucks will be there with warm and cold snacks and drinks. 

BOOK SALES in WASSENAARrainbow corner
Buy your English books before and after the performances. Rainbow Corner Books is an independent mobile book business specializing in the sale of the best and most up to date English books (for children). Whatever book you need, they can help. 

It's possible to book this performance at your school in the week before or after (6 - 10 September) the public performances. Get in touch for further information at

If it rains... well.. you get wet! Bad weather does NOT stop the performance. So dress accordingly. 

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EDUCATION in the open-air!
Friday 7 September 2017  11.00-14.00
"The Outsider": Open-Air Shakespeare Workshop based on The Merchant of Venice  (16+ yrs)
Emmeline Prior from London's world-famous Globe Theatre and STET's favourite open-air theatre company Illyria will return for a fourth season to the beautiful grounds of Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar. The theme of the day will be The Outsider and the company will be on hand to illustrate key scenes from the play during this highly interactive workshop.
Price: €10,00 per student
Location: Raadhuis de Paauw, Wassenaar

Created in 1992, Illyria has been delighting audiences across Britain and in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada. Under the artistic directorship of Oliver Gray, the company has won international acclaim for its lively, innovative approach to Shakespeare's plays and its high-quality shows for Families. Due to demand created by their reputation for excellence, Illyria now performs more plays to more people across a wider area than any other open-air touring theatre company. Illyria's mission is to create a varied programme of outstandingly enjoyable theatre and to enable everyone to see it.

Illyria returns to the Netherlands for the 17th year performing at some of the most stunning locations like Open-Air theatre De Kersauwe in Heeswijk - Den Bosch, Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar - The Hague, and the Schovenhorst Estate on the Veluwe. 

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