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Culture in Quarantine: Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

Duration: 2 hours, 7 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. When the gold is flowing, all is well. But when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Polly Findlay directs this Royal Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare’s uncompromising play with Makram J Khoury as Shylock, Patsy Ferran as Portia and Jamie Ballard as Antonio. Show less

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