Shakespeare's Globe: The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare's Globe: The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare's Globe: The Merchant of Venice

Part of a series of three filmed Shakespeare stage productions, captured live in 2015 at the Globe Theatre in London.

"Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

"In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre. Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe." (Shakespeare's Globe)

2016Rating: PG156 minsUK
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Oak-solid.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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In Pryce’s deeply considered performance, which dominates Jonathan Mumby’s moving production, the moneylender is both tyrant and victim.

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Independent

Independent

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Pryce’s beleaguered Shylock impresses in an otherwise middling production.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

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A decent production — with a seductive, superficial (and basically preposterous) coda — of a play inspired by The Merchant of Venice.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Oak-solid.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In Pryce’s deeply considered performance, which dominates Jonathan Mumby’s moving production, the moneylender is both tyrant and victim.

4.0
0
Independent

Independent

press

Pryce’s beleaguered Shylock impresses in an otherwise middling production.

0
Financial Times

Financial Times

press

A decent production — with a seductive, superficial (and basically preposterous) coda — of a play inspired by The Merchant of Venice.

3.0
0

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