The Mercant of Venice-William Shakespeare
Director Rebecca Gatward-Shakespeare's Globe Theatre-London
Photos by Verinha Ottoni ©
 
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Director Rebecca Gatward
Designer Liz Cooke
Composer Adrian Lee


Cast
Portia Kirsty Besterman
Prince of Aragon / Duke of Venice Philip Bird
Solanio Cornelius Booth
Tubal / Gobbo Jim Bywater
Bassanio Philip Cumbus
Leonardo / Balthasar / Stefano Leander Deeny
Lancelot Craig Gazey
Salerio Adam Kay
Nerissa Jennifer Kidd
Shylock John McEnery
Jessica Pippa Nixon
Prince of Morocco Christopher Obi
Antonio Dale Rapley
Graziano Mark Rice-Oxley
Lorenzo Nicholas Shaw


Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. He who wins it will win her hand; those who lose it will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, city of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. If they should fail and the money cannot be paid Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religion and civil society, justice and mercy, in some of his most electrifying scenes, and in the character of Shylock created one of the most unforgettable outsiders in all theatre. Often misunderstood, sometimes vilified, always controversial, The Merchant of Venice makes a timely return to the Globe after nine years.


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