Shakespeare specialists to stage ‘Merchant of Venice’
Date:September 22-25, 2016
Add:Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd
The UK’s famed Globe Theater is bringing “The Merchant of Venice” to Shanghai in September. The show will be in town as part of a globe tour that also includes scheduled stops in Beijing and Guangzhou.
This classic tale of love, greed and vengeance begins with Bassanio borrowing money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia, a wealthy heiress. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if the money cannot be repaid, Antonio agrees give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh.
Jonathan Pryce and Rachel Pickup star as Shylock and Portia in this new production, which debuted at the Globe in April 2015. The play will be performed in English with Chinese subtitles. The running time is two hours and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.