Bard on the Box | Shakespeare Laboratory – The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

In the second of two workshop films, controversial American director Peter Sellars relocates his new production of The Merchant of Venice in today's post-riot Los Angeles and measures Shakespeare's most disturbing comedy against some uncomfortable realities of America now. Sellars's approach is unfamiliar and experimental and restores the play's original bite and danger with a multi-racial cast featuring a black Shylock, a Chinese Portia and a Latino Antonio and Bassanio.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual, Plays
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Duration: 58'02''
  • Broadcast date: 1994

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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