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The Merchant of Venice on German-speaking stages since 1945

These links will take you to the respective sections in the German version of this website:

In addition to productions in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, productions from Austria (marked with an A) as well as German-language productions in Switzerland (marked CH) are also included.

Legend: The premiere date is put in brackets / R = director / Shy. = actor performing Shylock / Ü = translation used / B = stage design


  • Theatre programmes and newspaper reviews (especially from the collections of the Munich Shakespeare Library; special thanks go to Ingeborg Bolz)
  • Theatre reviews from the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society (Shakespeare Jahrbuch)
  • Websites and archives of various theatres
  • Extant overviews (see especially Jörg Monschau, Der Jude nach der Shoah: Zur Rezeption des Kaufmann von Venedig auf dem Theater der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik 1945-1989, PhD thesis, Universität Heidelberg, 2002.)

This list of productions is not complete. We are grateful for any information concerning errors or missing data.

Please contact: zeno.ackermann@fu-berlin.de

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