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Shylock – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Many literate folk would profess to at least a passing familiarity with The Merchant of Venice and its antagonist, Shylock. It’s well known that Shylock is the stereotypical jew of the times – a character driven by hatred of the Christian world, who seeks revenge for the persecution he and his kind suffered each ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: André Tchaikowsky Libretto : John O’Brien after William Shakespeare Conductor: Lionel Friend Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Claire Hayes WNO’s English premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s opera The Merchant of Venice powerfully illuminates the story’s original themes of prejudice, tribalism and anti-Semitism. Keith Warner’s production, first performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2013, forms part of WNO’s 2016 Autumn ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre

From the play by: William Shakespeare Composer: André Tchaikovsky Librettist: John O’Brien Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The long-awaited UK premiere of the operatic version of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice opens up again the question of whether or not the immortal words of the Bard are given added glory or not when set to a musical score. Welsh National ...

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BRIGHTON ROCKS: Our Brighton Fringe Picks – 4 – 5 June

So we’re at the end of Brighton Fringe 2016 and what an exciting and exhausting time it’s been! With just two more days left, here’s our tips for five of the best still to see.   Something Rotten Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius: incestuous, fratricidal regicide or rightful ruler unafraid of tough decisions? Robert Cohen takes you backstage at Elsinore, reassessing Shakespeare ...

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BRIGHTON ROCKS: Our Brighton Fringe Picks – Bank Holiday Weekend

Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’re already entering the fourth week of Brighton Fringe. Over 2000 performances have already taken place, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with plenty of goodies still to come. It’s a long Bank Holiday weekend, so you’ve even more opportunities to catch a show at Brighton Fringe. With so much happening, ...

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INTERVIEW: National Youth Theatre’s Melissa Taylor

Talk to actors and they’ll often say the best training used to be in the rep system. Those rep opportunities are now sadly rare but in an attempt to offer the opportunity to a new generation of actors, the National Youth Theatre (NYT) is currently staging three plays in London’s West End. Glen Pearce spoke to NYT member Melissa Taylor ...

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Pocket Merchant – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Ray Taylor Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his darkest plays, exploring themes of greed, revenge, religion and anti-Semitism, with this is Propeller’s pocket-size version. A cast of six male actors brings the play grippingly to life in one hour, abandoning the minor characters, comedy and superfluous scenes to concentrate on ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Pete Benson The Merchant of Venice sits about midway through Shakespeare’s canon of plays. The merchant of the title, Antonio, agrees to borrow money from Shylock, a money-lender, and promises to pay a terrible price should he default on the loan. The great interest of this play to a modern audience is how ...

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