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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
Staged by
Scenery by
Costumes by
Production and Lightning by
Name

Richard Waring
John Frid
Kendall Clark
Donald Harron
Richard Lupino
John Colicos
Katharine Hepburn
Lois Netteton
Michael Kennedy
Michael Garnovsky
Richard Easton
William Cottrell
Earle Hyman
Dina Doronne
Stanley Bell
Jack Bittner
Russel Oberlin
Larry Gates
Conrad Bromberg,
James Chahill,
Richard Cavett,
Harley Clements,
Tammara Daniel,
Michael Kasdan,
Simm Landres,
Michele La Bombarda,
Michael Linsay-Hogg,
Susan Lloyd,
William Long Jr.,
Michael Miller,
David Milton,
Vivian Paszamont,
Ira Rubin,
D.J. Sullivan,
Peter Trytle,
Gail Warner


Name

William Shakespeare
Jack Landau
Rouben Ter-Arutunian
Moley
Jean Rosenthal


Tour dates

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Stratford - Connecticut
Premiere: July 10, 1957
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.


Critics' reviews

John Chapman New York Daily News
"There was extraordinary interest, of course, in the appearance of Katharine Hepburn as Portia, and it must be reported at the outset that this dauntless lady swept thorough Shakespeare like a cool, refreshing breeze. Her Portia is no mere lovely picture; she is a girl of intelligence, humor and iron determination which is almost type-casting. She lifts the lighter parts of the play to a fine level of high comedy."


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