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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1984 production of The Merchant of Venice. Directed by John Caird with Ian McDiarmid as Shylock and Frances Tomelty as Portia.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
18 Jan 1985
Duration
175 mins

Credits

Director
John Caird
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Ultz
Cast
Ian McDiarmidShylock
Christopher RavenscroftAntonio
Adam BarehamBassanio
Frances TomeltyPortia
James SimmonsGratiano
Amanda RootJessica
Andy ReadmanGaoler/Servant to Bassanio (Servant)
Brian ParrLauncelot Gobbo
David PhelanStephano
Graham HepburnPrince of Morocco
Ian MackenzieSolanio
Jim HooperSalerio
Jonathan Scott-TaylorClerk of the Court
Jonathan Scott-TaylorServant to Bassanio (Servant)
Josette SimonNerissa
Martin JacobsPrince of Arragon
Richard EastonDuke of Venice
Richard EastonFather of Portia
Sebastian ShawTubal
Simon TemplemanLorenzo
Stephen SimmsBalthazar

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Press night 10 April 1984.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
McDiarmid, Ian ‘Shylock in The Merchant of Venice’ in Jackson, Russell Players of Shakespeare 2, pp45-54. McDiarmid discusses his conception and playing of the part of Shylock in John Caird’s 1984 production.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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