Shylock

One of the foremost playwrights of his generation creates a startling new perspective on an age-old story.

Shylock's close friend Antonio needs a loan, but 16th-century Venetian law discriminates against Jews.

For Shylock's own protection, Antonio persuades him to agree a bond.

They laugh as Shylock invents the absurd forfeit of a pound of flesh - but their mockery of the law may easily turn to tragedy.

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Episodes

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  • antonio....Ronald Pickup
  • bassanio....Toby Stephens
  • graziano....Nicholas Boulton
  • jessica....lydia leonard
  • lorenzo....Geoffrey Streatfeild
  • nerissa....Noma Dumezweni
  • portia contarini....Juliet Stevenson
  • producer/director david hitchinson
  • producer/director: david hitchinson
  • rebecca da mendes....jennie stoller
  • rivka....sheila steafel
  • roderigues da cunha....Anthony Glennon
  • shylock kolner....Henry Goodman
  • singer....annette ross
  • solomon usque....Geoffrey Beevers
  • the doge....Geoffrey Beevers
  • tubal di ponti....Jonathan Tafler
  • by.... - - arnold wesker

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    One of the foremost playwrights of his generation creates a startling new perspective on an age-old story.

    Shylock's close friend Antonio needs a loan, but 16th-century Venetian law discriminates against Jews.

    For Shylock's own protection, Antonio persuades him to agree a bond.

    They laugh as Shylock invents the absurd forfeit of a pound of flesh - but their mockery of the law may easily turn to tragedy.