Celebrities including Amanda Holden, Judge Rinder, and David Baddiel descended on the town for a press night at Watford Palace Theatre.

The Merchant of Venice 1936, starring EastEnders star Tracy-Ann Oberman, has been a hit with critics and audiences already, but a performance last night was especially notable for the number of celebrities turning up in Clarendon Road.

Originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed due to the Covid pandemic, the show is set against a backdrop of the growth of the British Fascist party in London's East End and the community rejecting their hatred in the famous Battle of Cable Street.

Also among those spotted on the red carpet were Rachel Riley, David Morrissey, David Aaronovitch, Lisa Faulkner, Gary Kemp, and an array of EastEnders stars.

After the show, David Baddiel tweeted: “The Watford Palace Theatre production of Merchant of Venice 1936 starring Tracy-Ann Oberman does something very unusual.

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"It grasps absolutely the nettle that Shakespeare’s play - despite Jews being gaslit for years otherwise - is intensely antisemitic. Disturbing and powerful. Go see.”

Racehel Riley tweeted: “Jew. Dog. Shylock… and what a Shylock!

“Genius and visceral production of The Merchant of Venice set around 1936 London and Cable Street.”

Watford Observer: Amanda Holden and Robert Rinder arrive on the red carpetAmanda Holden and Robert Rinder arrive on the red carpet (Image: Newsquest)