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Shylock, by Arnold Wesker

Sunday 1 June 2008 20:00-22:00 (Radio 3)

By Arnold Wesker.

A new perspective on an age-old story by one of the foremost playwrights of his generation. Shylock's close friend Antonio needs a loan, but 16th century Venetian law discriminates against Jews. For Shylock's own protection, Antonio persuades him to agree a bond. They laugh as Shylock invents the absurd forfeit of a pound of flesh - but their mockery of the law may easily turn to tragedy.

Duration:

2 hours

Playlist:

Shylock Kolner ...... Henry Goodman
Antonio ...... Ronald Pickup
Portia Contarini ...... Juliet Stevenson
Nerissa ...... Noma Dumezweni
Bassanio ...... Toby Stephens
Rivka ...... Sheila Steafel
Jessica ...... Lydia Leonard
Tubal di Ponti ...... Jonathan Tafler
Lorenzo ...... Geoffrey Streatfeild
Graziano ...... Nicholas Boulton
Rebecca da Mendes ...... Jennie Stoller
The Doge/Solomon Usque ...... Geoffrey Beevers
Roderigues da Cunha ...... Anthony Glennon
Singer ...... Annette Ross

Producer/Director: David Hitchinson




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