Worcester College is home to one of Oxford’s most prized natural sanctuaries: the beautiful gardens and lake, hidden within the college walls. Worcester presents a theatrical student production in the gardens every summer, produced by the College’s own drama society, the Buskins.
The renowned 1949 garden production of The Tempest, during which Ariel ran across the college lake, defined a dramatic generation here at Worcester. Many of the cast went on to become professional actors, and the students at Worcester today are no less ambitious. This summer, the Buskins are back on the water to revive a tradition of innovative and inspiring Shakespeare shows in the Worcester Gardens, with a floating production of The Merchant of Venice.
Performed in traditional Tudor dress, this garden play will transport you to Venice as the sun sets over the lake and current Worcester students bring to life one of Shakespeare’s most controversial comedies.
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In 2011 Chris Gray (The Oxford Times) admitted he thought the time was ripe for a 'major theatrical production at Worcester' to revive the incredible legacy of Nevill Coghill's The Tempest.
In April of this year, he published a coverage announcement of The Merchant of Venice, writing that Worcester College and Oxford University's student theatre producers were indeed preparing for such a revival.
Read the preview released in the Cherwell's 6th Week edition here.
In the case of bad weather, the production will take place in the Linbury Room.
Since the Linbury Room has a smaller capacity than the gardens, only enough tickets as it can accommodate will be sold online prior to each performance. If the weather is fine, extra tickets will therefore be available and will be sold at the Box Office shortly before each performance is due to begin.
'The Merchant of Venice' producers are extremely grateful for the excellent services of Knowles & Son (Oxford) Ltd who have generously provided the production with wooden decking for the pontoon.
Knowles and Son, builders since 1797, are pleased to support The Merchant of Venice.