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The Merchant of Venice 





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Bamber ... Antonio
Peter De Jersey ... Salerio
Mark Umbers ... Solanio
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Bassanio
Jack James Jack James ... Lorenzo
Richard Henders ... Gratiano
Derbhle Crotty Derbhle Crotty ... Portia
Alex Kelly Alex Kelly ... Nerissa
Henry Goodman ... Shylock
Chu Omambala ... Prince of Morocco
Andrew French Andrew French ... Launcelot Gobbo
Oscar James Oscar James ... Old Gobbo
Gabrielle Jourdan ... Jessica
Raymond Coulthard ... Prince of Arragon
Mark Springer ... Leonardo


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Drama | Romance


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]


UK | Sweden


English | Yiddish

Release Date:

8 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stage production by the Royal National Theater, first aired in the USA in 2001 by PBS. See more »


Version of The Merchant of Venice (1911) See more »


Moonlight Sonata, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor 'Quasi una fantasia', Op. 27, No. 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Too Good To Be True
4 November 2001 | by irishbasterd1See all my reviews

The Merchant of Venice is not my favorite of Shakespeare plays. I don't always enjoy it (save for Shylock who has some great lines). This production however is an exception. Set in Germany during the cabaret era it is both disturbing, delightfl and dramaticly wonderful. It captures the essance of Berlin in the late nineteen thirties (and trust me I know what I am talking about! I have directed Cabaret three times and played the Emcee six. I have also written books on Kurt Weille and The Cabaret Era). The highlight of the production is Henry Goodman as Shylock. The man is stunning. He delivers a wonderfully complex and dark performance. If you can watch this Merchant Of Venice. It is really good.

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