Prefaces to Shakespeare | The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

A personal introduction to the play and its characters by Timothy West, who played Shylock in the 1980 Old Vic production of the play. "Though the confrontation of Jew and Christian provides an overpowering central theme, it is not just the story of Shylock. A lot of the comedy and drama is to do with the balancing of emotional and material considerations ... this is, I think, the bedrock of the play."


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual, Plays
  • Channel: BBC Radio 4
  • Duration: 28'37''
  • Broadcast date: 1980

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

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