The Merchant of Venice
Directed by: Jonathan Munby
Written by: William Shakespeare (play)
Cast Members: Dominic Mafham, Brian Martin, Ben Lamb, Daniel Lapaine, Jonathan Pryce, Phoebe Pryce. Rachel Pickup,
Released date: August 4, 2016
Venue: Shakespeare's Globe, England, UK
Production Dates: 2015
Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend 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. But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.
• The performance is available to purchase via the official website, which also has English closed captions.