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The Merchant of Venice


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"The Merchant of Venice"
Excerpt from Act 4, Scene 1: Venice. A court of justice

Actors: Alexandra Gilbreath (Portia)

Clip length: 11 sec
  Performed by:
The Royal Shakespeare Company (

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It was a simple deal... that went badly wrong. Repay a loan within three months or pay a horrific forfeit. But the moneylender also has a debt to repay – a debt of hate. Now the deal has changed, and money is not enough to heal the wounds of past enmity.
Shylock shall have his pound of flesh.

Rated NC-17. Psychological drama. Contains scenes of racial stereotyping already.

"Hey, they made a play about my credit card company!"
- I.N. Dett


aka "The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice"

Written summer/autumn 1597

First performance probably Christmas of 1597

First published 1600

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You can read the full text of
"The Merchant of Venice" at
"Merchant of Venice: Entire Play"

You can find a full synopsis of
"The Merchant of Venice" at
"Shakespeare Resource Center - The Merchant of Venice"

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