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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
Shakespeare’s play produced for radio by Michael Powell. With Irene Worth as Portia, Harry Andrews as Shylock and other parts played by members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company.
Series
World Theatre
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
25 May 1958
Transmission details
9 Jun 1958 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
155 (incl. interval)
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Michael Bakewell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Harry AndrewsShylock
Jack MayAntonio
Tony BrittonBassanio
Irene WorthPortia
Dudley JonesGratiano
Clive RevillLauncelot Gobbo
David MarchPrince of Arragon
Frank PartingtonStephano
Godfrey KentonDuke of Venice
Gwen CherrellJessica
James ThomasonOld Gobbo
Janette RicherNerissa
Jeffrey SegalTubal
John GrahamBalthazar
John WestbrookLorenzo
Peter HenchieSolanio
Richard HurndallSalerio
Tony ChurchPrince of Morocco
William EedleLeonardo

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
Rehearsals: 19/5/1958-25/5/1958
History
Broadcast with a 15-minute break for the news at 9pm.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
In the Radio Times preview, producer Michael Bakewell points out that the ‘aim in this production has been to keep cutting and adaptation of the text to an absolute minimum ... No "radio version" is in fact needed, for the play speaks fully and clearly for itself’ ('The Merchant of Venice’, Radio Times, 6 June 1958, p. 24.

Source: The Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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