Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Actors From the London Stage’s production of The Merchant of Venice, presented by Shakespeare at Notre Dame at Washington Hall, located next to the Golden Dome. For $22, you get two tickets for best-available seating at the time of redemption (up to a $44 value). All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:
- Wednesday, September 12
- Thursday, September 13
- Friday, September 14
The problems in The Merchant of Venice start where they often do in Shakespeare’s plays—with trouble in love. Bassanio, broke but hoping to wed the beautiful Portia, asks his merchant friend Antonio for 3,000 ducats to fund his courtship. Antonio agrees to help by taking on a loan from a moneylender named Shylock, unworried by the loan’s grim stipulation that should he fail to repay, he will have to forfeit a pound of his own flesh. Almost immediately, Antonio’s fortunes begin to falter, drawing him ever closer to Shylock’s knife and the baffling machinations of the legal system.
Entering into its nationwide fall tour, Actors From the London Stage courts thespians from such prestigious companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain. Its casting standards are high for good reason: each show is performed by a cast of only five players, requiring each actor to assume multiple roles over the course of the play or even within a single scene. During their five-day residency at each university stop, the master dramatists offer workshops and perform emotion-laden shows upon stages bare of all but the most basic set pieces and the thinnest possible fourth wall required for the audience’s safety.
Though Shakespeare at Notre Dame sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.