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Eight-time Tony Award winner Jeffrey Richards is one of the leading producers of plays and musicals on Broadway, in London's West End, and around the country.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

About The Show

Written by: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Daniel Sullivan


Location: Broadhurst Theatre

First Preview: October 19, 2010
Opening Night: November 13, 2010

 

Cast & Creative Team

Al Pacino (Shylock)

Gerry Bamman (Duke of Venice)

Seth Numrich (Lorenzo)

Byron Jennings (Antonio)

Heather Lind (Jessica)

Jesse L. Martin (Gratiano)

Lily Rabe (Portia)

Matthew Rauch (Solanio)

Richard Topol (Tubal)

David Harbour (Bassanio)

Charles Kimbrough (Prince of Arragon)

Happy Anderson (Ensemble)

 

William Shakespeare (Playwright)

Daniel Sullivan (Director)

Mark Wendland (Set Design)

Jess Goldstein (Costume Design)

Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design)

ACME Sound Partners (Sound Design)

Dan Moses Schreier (Original Music)

        Portia is a rich heiress whose dead father left some eccentric instructions regarding her marriage; she must marry the man who solves a riddle her father has left behind. Bassanio wants to try his hand and woo the beautiful Portia, but he doesn’t have the money to get his foot in the door of her fancy estate. So he borrows the money from Jewish moneylender Shylock using the credit of a good friend, the merchant Antonio. When Antonio ends up unable to repay the debt, Shylock demands his famous “pound of flesh,” in payment. Add to that the Shakespearean trappings of women disguised as men, Elizabethan (or, in the case of this production, Edwardian) carousers and lovers stolen away, and all’s well that ends well.