2013 –

Money, power and love

A pound of flesh, to be cut from the person’s own body, and three caskets made of gold, silver and lead. These remarkable components are the starting point of Shylock, a new play by Jan Decorte.
Decorte’s inspiration is The Merchant of Venice. In this play Shakespeare tells the story of the noble but poor Bassanio, who is in love with the beautiful and wealthy Portia. He wants to impress her and so approaches his friend Antonio for a loan. As Antonio’s capital is invested at sea, he borrows from the Jewish moneylender Shylock. However, Shylock includes a very special clause in the agreement: if Antonio fails to repay the loan on time, he must cut a pound of flesh from his own body, more especially from the region around his heart. However, Bassanio is not the only contender for Portia’s hand. Her deceased father has ordered three caskets to be made, one of gold, one of silver and one of lead. Whoever chooses the right casket will win his daughter…
Shylock is Decorte’s incisive play about prejudice and humanity, money, power and love. He has set the tone to where delicate poetry and pure rock ‘n’ roll meet. The cast consists of Jan Decorte, Waas Gramser, Herwig Ilegems, Kris Van Trier and Sigrid Vinks. This small ‘Shakespeare league’ has already earned its spurs. Together they have previously performed Wintervögelchen (after The Winter’s Tale) and Niks of niks (after Much Ado About Nothing).


production:  Bloet
coproduction: Comp. Marius & Kaaitheater
text & direction: Jan Decorte
with: Jan Decorte, Sigrid Vinks, Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier, Herwig Ilegems
scenography: Jan Decorte, Johan Daenen
costumes: Jan Decorte, Sigrid Vinks, Sofie D’Hoore
lighting: Jan Decorte, Luc Schaltin


19/11/201320uCC Maasmechelen
20/11/201320uStadsschouwburg Brugge
27/11/201320.30uToneelschuur Haarlem
30/11/201320uSchouwburg Mechelen
03/12/201320uStadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas
14/12/201320uDe Spil Roeselare
17/12/201320.30uFrascati Amsterdam
28/12/201320.30uRotterdamse Schouwburg
09/01/201420.30uStuk Leuven
10/01/201420.30uStuk Leuven
14/01/201414uBronks Brussel
15/01/201420uDe Werft Aalsr
16/01/201420uDe Warande Turnhout
20/01/201420uDe Bogaard Sint Truiden
22/01/201420uCC De Werft Geel
23/01/201420.30uMinard Gent
24/01/201420.30uMinard Gent
25/01/201420.30uMinard Gent
29/01/201420.15uVelinx Tongeren
30/01/201420.30uLiers Cultuurcentrum
12/02/201420uBourla Antwerpen
13/02/201420uBourla Antwerpen