THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Production Date:  May 1975

Directed by: John Poulson

Playwright: William Shakespeare

Genre:  Comedy

Group:  BHTC

Staged:  The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

 

SYNOPSIS: 

 

Bassanio, a young Venetian,wants to travel to Belmont to woo the beautiful and wealthy heiress Portia. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant, for 3000 ducats needed to subsidize his travelling. As all of Antonio's ships and merchandise are tied at sea, Antonio approaches the Jewish moneylender Shylock for a loan. Shylock, hateful of Antonio, proposes a malicious condition that if Antonio is unable to repay the loan on the specified date, Shylock will be free to take a pound of Antonio's flesh from where ever he pleases. Although Bassanio does not want Antonio to accept such a condition for his sake, Antonio surprised by what he sees as the moneylender's generosity, signs the agreement and the story of Bassanio's & Antonio's adventures unfold.

 

PLAYWRIGHT: 

William Shakespeare lived for 52 years. In just 23 years, between approximately 1590 and 1613, he is attributed with writing 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 5 other poems. The Merchant Of Venice date of composition is believed to be between 1594 and 1597.

Stage Assistants

Production Asst.

Properties

Lighting & Effects

Prompt

Front Of House

Set Designers

Set Decorator

Box Office

 

Brenda Keyes, Barry Wilson & Gary Smith

Sheila Wells

Sheila Tapner & Sue Wilson

Peter Coveney, Charles Briggs & Denise Berry

Pam Jefferies

Jo White

Pam Jefferies & Elizabeth Batten

Nancy Forsdike

Barbara Chamberlain

 

Crew

Jim Wilson

Peter Case
Tony Schilling

Peter Martin

Anthony Hole

Paul Marks

Guy Whitcroft

Frank Oakley

Alan Carter

Keith Jefferies

Peter Coveney

Rick Peckham

Timothy Stallwood

Peter Clark

Elizabeth Batten

June Colledge

Helen Cox

Caroline Stallwood, Paul Towler, 

Timothy Stallwood & Beverly Ward

Duke Of Venice

Morocco

Prince Of Arragon

Antonio

Brassanio

Gratiano

Salerio

Leonardo

Lorenzo

Shylock

Tubal

Launcelot Gobbo

Balthasar

Stephano

Portia

Nerissa

Jessica

Attendants to Portia

Cast

BHTC Production Number: 85

Programme, Press Cuttings & Photos

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