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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
A BBC schools programme broadcast about Tom Stoppard’s abridged version of the play which was performed by the National Youth Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London. The televised recording of the performance is preceded by comments on the work in progress from stage director Paul Roseby and writer Tom Stoppard. Jeremy Irons, who played Antonio in the film version of The Merchant of Venice (2004), comments on the merits of producing a play with young actors.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
6 Oct 2005 at 04:00 (Channel: BBC Learning Zone)
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Director
Dirk Campbell; Lubna Malik; Paul Roseby
Producer
Julie Ardrey
Cinematographer
Wayne Ratcliffe
Writer
Tom Stoppard
Music
Tristan Parkes
Costume
Lotte Collet
Contributor
Jeremy Irons
Cast
Gavin FowlerShylock
Tom Raphael-EavesAntonio
Barnaby SaxBassanio
Jolanda KettlePortia
Ian LondonGratiano
Francesca ZoutewelleNerissa
Harrison SmithOld Gobbo
Harry MellingLauncelot Gobbo
Luke NicholsonLorenzo
Piepe BathshebaJessica

Additional Details

Theatre company
National Youth Theatre of Great Britain
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
schools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Youth Theatre

Notes

Notes
The production involved about 40 actors aged between 14 and 17.
History
Produced as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2005.
Textual information
Tom Stoppard abridged the play from 150 minutes to about 30 minutes.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

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