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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
Radio version of the play performed by the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company with Peggy Ashcroft as Portia and Michael Redgrave as Shylock. Produced by William Hughes from Denis Carey’s 1953 production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The music is composed by Julian Slade, orchestrated and conducted by Harold Ingram and played by the Memorial Theatre Orchestra.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
11 Oct 1953
Transmission details
25 Oct 1953 at 15:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
150 (incl. interval)

Credits

Producer
Denis Carey; William Hughes
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Julian Slade
Contributor
Harold Ingram
Cast
Michael RedgraveShylock
Harry AndrewsAntonio
Tony BrittonBassanio
Peggy AshcroftPortia
Robert ShawGratiano
Basil HoskinsLorenzo
Denys GrahamSinger
Donald PleasenceLauncelot Gobbo
George HartLeonardo
John BushellePrince of Morocco
Marigold CharlesworthNerissa
Mervyn BlakeTubal
Michael TurnerSolanio
Noel HowlettOld Gobbo
Peter DuguidBalthazar
Philip MorantDuke of Venice
Powys ThomasPrince of Arragon
Raymond SherryServant to Antonio (Servant)
Richard MartinStephano
William PeacockSalerio
Yvonne MitchellJessica

Additional Details

Theatre
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Theatre company
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A BBC recording from Birmingham studio.
General
Rehearsals took place from 9/10/1953-11/10/1953.
History
There was a 10-minute interval at 16.10 approximately.
Stills
The front cover of Radio Times, 25-31 October 1953 (Vol. 121), shows Michael Redgrave and Peggy Ashcroft in a still from the Memorial Theatre Production.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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