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Cast

Antonio
Salerio
Solanio
Bassanie
Lorenzo
Gratiano
Portia
Nerissa
Balthazar
Shylock
Lancelot Gobbo
Old Gobbo
Prince of Morocco
Jessica
Prince of Arragon
Tubal
Stephano
Duke of Venice
Attendants, Citizens, Dignitaries


Credits

Playwright
Produced by
Staged by
Settings by
Miss Hepburn's dresses by
Name





Katharine Hepburn














Name

William Shakespeare
Old Vic Company
Michael Brenthall


Tour dates

Tivoli Theatre - Sydney
Premiere: 1955-
Her Majesty’s Theatre - Brisbane
Premiere: 1955-
Her Majesty’s Theatre - Melbourne
Premiere: 1955-
Theatre Royal - Adelaide
Premiere: 1955-
His Majesty’s Theatre - Perth
Premiere: 1955-
Performances: unknown


Plot Summary

In the Sixteenth Century, there was a great intolerance against Jews. In 1596, in the liberal Venice, Bassanio asks for a large amount to his friend, the merchant Antonio, to travel to Belmont and propose the gorgeous Portia. Antonio has invested all his money in his ships and borrows from the usurer Shylock, who proposes an unusual bond: if Antonio does not pay the money without any interest three months later, he might receive one pound of his flesh instead, at his choice. When Shylock's daughter Jessica runaway home with all his money and jewels, he becomes furious. Meanwhile, the load of Antonio sinks with three different vessels and he is not able to pay his debts with Shylock, and the Jew goes to court of Venice claiming the execution of his deal. In spite of many requests, his tough heart does not accept any other agreement further than the one established in their contract.


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