DetailsThe Merchant of Venice
portrays an emotional tale encompassing friendship, romance, religion and business. Set in the very near future amidst political and financial chaos, society, as we know it, is on the brink of collapse. The stock markets are flat lining; the Euro has collapsed, creating an increasingly cutthroat trading environment for the business community. Venice, with its gondolas, opera and beautiful skies is no longer safe... Meanwhile, beautiful, wealthy Portia finds herself the star of her very own reality TV show, with men playing a ?Game of Chance' in a battle to win her love. Desperate to help best friend Bassanio win Portia's hand, fledgling businessman Antonio enters a perilous arrangement with Jewish moneylender Shylock, as he promises a pound of his own flesh. Antonio learns a hard lesson when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect his bond.Performers David Bamber, David Burt, Raymond Coulthard, Derbhie Crotty, Peter de Jersey, Daniel Evans, Andrew French, Henry Goodman, Alexander Hanson, Richard Henders, Oscar James, Gabrielle Jourdan, Alex Kelly, John Nolan, Mark Umbers, Leigh McDonald, Chu Omambala, Mark Springer, Michael Wildman.
Author Shakespeare. Director Trevor Nunn. Design Hildegard Bechtler. Lighting Peter Mumford. Music Steven Edis. Sound Paul Groothuis.