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The Merchant of Venice DVD (Shakespeare's Globe)

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.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Jonathan Pryce
Portia: Rachel Pickup
Bassanio: Daniel Lapaine
Antonio: Dominic Mafham
Jessica: Phoebe Pryce
Gratiano: David Sturzaker
Salarino: Brian Martin
Prince of Arragon: Christopher Logan
Lorenzo: Ben Lamb
Prince of Morocco: Scott Karim
Balthasar:Philip Cox
Lancelot Gobbo: Stefan Adegbola

Choreographer: Lucy Hind
Director: Jonathan Munby
Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe

Sound: Dolby Stereo and Dolby Surround
Format: NTSC
Region: All regions
Subtitles: EN 
Running time: 154 mins 
Year: 2015