Alack, what heinous sin is it in me To be ashamed to be my father’s child!



I am Jessica, Shylock’s daughter. Like my dad I am also Jewish, though disliked living at home because I’m ashamed of him. Then I met and fell in love with a Christian boy called Lorenzo, and we decided we should get married! I disguised myself as a boy and stole some of my father’s money, and a ring my mother had given to him before she died. We then ran away and got married, and I also became a christian. My father then took the merchant Antonio to court to make him pay a debt he owed. But my father lost the case and was ordered to give half of his fortune to me and Lorenzo when he dies, and convert to Christianity.


is forbidden to marry…

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  1. Beshrew me but I love her heartily, For she is wise, if I can judge of her, And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true, And true she is, as she hath prov’d herself: And therefore like herself, wise, fair, and true, Shall she be placed in my constant soul.
  2. In such a night Did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew, And with an unthrift love did run from Venice, As far as Belmont.
  3. Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer.
    [2.4 144]
  4. So are you Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
  5. I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear: would she were hears’d at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin:

Jessica's' Images

Bethan Cullinane [Jessica] at the meet and greet.

Bethan Cullinane [Jessica] enjoying rehearsals.

Ognen [Shylock], Bethan [Jessica] and Cameron [Antonio] during the shoot.

Bethan [Jessica] with the Stage Manager during the photoshoot.

Bethan [Jessica] and Tyler [Lorenzo/Morocco].

Bethan [Jessica] and Tyler [Lorenzo/Morocco].

Bethan as Jessica.

Bethan [Jessica] and Catherine [Portia].

Bethan [Jessica] and Tyler [Lorenzo/Morocco].

Bethan [Jessica] enjoying rehearsals.

Bethan [Jessica] and Tyler [Lorenzo/Morocco]. © SGT/Ellie Kurttz 2014

Bethan [Jessica]. © SGT/Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Bethan talks about Jessica's important relationships and whats been happening in rehearsals.

    Play Interview
  2. Clip 2
    Bethan talks about the audiences so far, some challenges and her favourite moment in the play.

    Play Interview

Also Called

  • Launcelot Gobbo: ‘most beautiful pagan’ (2.3.10-11)
  • Launcelot Gobbo: ‘most sweet jew’ (2.3.11)
  • Lorenzo “gentle Jessica” (2.4 129)


  • Congratulations and good joy, my lord and lady! #Love
  • So many fancy men are trying to win my boss by choosing a box that contains her picture #Love
  • I have my disguise and am ready to run #Disguise #Love
  • Cant believe my own flesh and blood turned against me! #Love
  • Jessica has run away. #Disguise
  • My daughter wants to marry. Not without my permission #Love
  • Short term loans... the price is always higher than you would expect #Money
  • I will take the pound of flesh and use it for fish bait. #Court
  • I will take Antonio’s heart if he can’t pay. I loan the money so I make the rules #Money
  • If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? And if you treat us badly, won’t we try to get revenge? #Court
  • People are often tricked by false appearances. I wasn’t with the chest but was by my wife lol #Disguise
  • Cant believe I didn’t recognise my own wife #Disguise
  • Really short of cash. Might need a short term loan. #Money
  • A lead chest, a Silver chest and a gold chest...hmm which one should I choose? #Love
  • Have been asked to give away the ring Portia gave me. Hard, but worth it. Hope she isn’t too angry #Court
  • Bassanio wants to borrow money from me in order to try and marry Portia #Love #Money
  • My ships are missing. I think they are sunk ....and so am I #Money
  • Am waiting to go in to court. Why did I make such a stupid agreement?! #Court
  • I hope Bassanio takes the hint and picks the right chest. #Love
  • Men all the same. They are drawn to these boxes as moths to a flame. And I bet I know why! #Money
  • Cant believe that no one has spotted me yet. Even Bassanio! #Disguise #Court

Relationship Status

Loves Lorenzo


Launcelot Gobbo, the clown, for making my father’s household less dull Lorenzo

Dear Agony Aunt

I am Jewish. I have fallen in love with a Christian boy. My rich father has forbidden the wedding. Is it ok to take some of his money and my Mum’s ring so that we can run away together?


  • Sorry, no, it's theft - if your father doesn't agree then you have to elope without his money.

    - Bobo K

  • Don't take your fathers money! Also keep on insisting before you run away but if he over and over says no then run away and be happy.

    - Sofia