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Merchant of Venice, The

Synopsis
Video recording of Rupert Goold’s 2011 staging of The Merchant of Venice with Patrick Stewart as Shylock and Susannah Fielding as Portia.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2011

Credits

Director
Rupert Goold
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Adam Cork
Production Design
Tom Scutt
Cast
Patrick StewartShylock
Scott HandyAntonio
Richard RiddellBassanio
Susannah FieldingPortia
Howard CharlesGratiano
Aidan KellySolanio
Caroline MartinJessica
Chris JarmanPrince of Morocco
Christopher WrightTubal
Daniel PercivalLorenzo
Daniel RoseLeonardo
David McgranaghanServant
David McgranaghanJailer
Des McAleerDuke of Venice
Emily PlumtreeNerissa
Jamie BeamishLauncelot Gobbo
Jason MorellPrince of Arragon
Madeleine AppiahLady
Nikesh PatelBalthazar
Rebecca BrewerLady
Steve ToussaintSalerio

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Culture Show, The [26/05/2011]

Notes

Reviews
"Rupert Goold, as is his wont, goes for broke by transporting [the production] wholesale to modern Las Vegas, where showbiz fantasy meets speculative capitalism; and the result is, by turns, brilliant, outrageous and excessive... It becomes a vision of the American nightmare... And, although Goold’s production is bound to cause argument, Las Vegas seems a perfect metaphor for a world of financial and romantic fantasy." Michael Billington, The Guardian (20 May 2011).

"The action begins with the company playing blackjack, and shooting craps while being serenaded by an excellent Elvis Presley impersonator (Jamie Beamish) whom we only later discover to be Launcelot Gobbo." Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph. (20 May 2011). Note: The production concludes with a recording of Elvis [the real one] singing ‘Are You Lonesome Tnight’ which includes the lines "all the world’s a stage".

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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