This page contains links to each scene from Shakespeare’s original text of The Merchant of Venice.

The language used in Shakespeare’s day is slightly different to today’s modern English, which is reflected in the text. Our article on Shakespeare & early modern English, or our Shakespeare dictionary, will help you to understand the language as you read through the original text

Another thing to bear in mind as you read The Merchant of Venice text are Shakespeare’s stage directions, which are italicised. Stage directions are instructions and direction to the actors, and not spoken lines. Some stage directions can be a little confusing, so have a read of our understanding Shakespeare’s stage directions article.

The text of The Merchant of Venice is very long, so we have separated the play into one page per Scene. Click on the appropriate links below to read Shakespeare’s original Merchant of Venice script, or our translation into simple, modern English:

The Merchant of Venice text
The Merchant of Venice Act 1
The Merchant of Venice Act 2
The Merchant of Venice Act 3
The Merchant of Venice Act 4
The Merchant of Venice Act 5