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The Merchant of Venice

A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Production

by William Shakespeare Author · Martin Jarvis Narrator

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Warren Mitchell stars with Martin Jarvis, Samuel West and Juliet Aubrey in this BBC Radio 4 production of Shakespeare's thrilling courtroom drama. Shakespeare's classic play explores the eternal themes of love and hate, mercy and justice, with parallel stories centred on the moneylender, Shylock, and the lovers, Portia and Bassanio. Shylock's angry insistence on the repayment of his debt from Bassanio ends in the Venetian courts where he demands his pound of flesh. Portia meanwhile, a wealthy young Venetian woman, must marry one of her many suitors. Her late father's will has set the challenge by means of three caskets, one gold, one silver and one lead. The climax of the play takes place in court, with Portia, now disguised as a man and defending the life of Antonio, imploring Shylock to show mercy. This superb production of Shakespeare's dramatic and complex play is directed by the award-winning Peter Kavanagh and features specially-composed music by the renowned Barrington Pheloung. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

Publication Details

Publisher:
BBC Audio
Imprint:
BBC Digital Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2004

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 55.5 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 55.4 MB

William Shakespeare (Author)

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, and was baptised on 26 April 1564. His father was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a well-to-do local land owner. Shakespeare was p...

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Creators

Author :
William Shakespeare
Narrator :
Martin Jarvis
Narrator :
Samuel West
Narrator :
Warren Mitchell
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