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Cast:

Character

 Played By

Antonio

Mark Tunstall

Salarino

Emma Stafford

Salanio

Gavin Roberts

Bassanio

Steven Hooper

Lorenzo

Brendan Barclay

Gratiano

James Claxton

Portia

Justine Sutcliffe

Nerissa

Sam Garforth

Servant to Portia

Kate Leslie

Shylock

Richard Holley

Prince of Morocco

Rachel Peter

Gobbo

Paul Robinson

Old Gobbo

Anthony Peter

Leonardo

Phoebe Farrington

Jessica

Hannah Sutcliffe 

Prince of Arragon

Lucy Anderson

Tubal

Vaughan Leslie

Duke

Janet Spooner

Cast prepare for start of rehearsals

Members of the cast and production sporting the exclusive range of Merchant of Venice leisurewear created for the show

T.A.O.D.S. Present a Summer Spectacular

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

UNTIL THIS SATURDAY ONLY

Shakespeare's Classic Tragi-Romantic-Comedy comes to the Hippodrome stage, Summer 2018. Directed by Liz Holland who gave us the award winning A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2015

A Debt

Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, lends three thousand ducats to his friend Bassanio in order to assist him in his wooing of the wealthy and beautiful Portia of Belmont, an estate some distance from Venice.

Antonio's own money is tied up in business ventures that depend on the safe return of his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender whom he has previously insulted for his high rates of interest.

Shylock lends the money against a bond. Failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio's flesh.

A Marriage

Portia's father has decreed that she will marry whichever suitor makes the correct choice when presented with three caskets, made of gold, silver and lead.

Where wealthy suitors from Morocco and Aragon fail, Bassanio succeeds by choosing lead. His friend Gratiano marries Portia's lady-in-waiting Nerissa at the same time.

News arrives that Antonio's ships have been lost; he is unable to pay his debt.

A Trial

Shylock's claim to his pound of flesh is heard in the law court before the duke.

Unknown to their husbands, Portia disguises herself as a young male lawyer acting on behalf of Antonio, Nerissa as a clerk.

Portia argues that Shylock is entitled to his pound of flesh but not to spill any of Antonio's blood. She also says that the Jew should forfeit his life for having conspired against the life of a Venetian.

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