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An Interview with Trevor Nunn
The man who the Cambridge Guide to World Theater calls "the best all-round director currently working in British theatre" discusses his latest award winning production.

"... The production is intended to be evocative of those absolutely extraordinary years between the wars, when we all know what happened in Germany and we also know what happened in Italy, with that shift toward a fascistic outlook, the punishment of minorities of every kind, and the dangerous attraction to nationalism."



Onstage at the National
The Merchant got its start at this center for British theatre.

"... Merchant was sold out for its run at the Cottesloe; on evenings when the show was in repertory, a line of people snaked through the small foyer and out onto the pavement, everyone hoping a ticket would miraculously become available."



Shylock and History
Intolerance and expulsion set the scene for Shylock's entry onto the world stage.

"While he perpetuated received notions of Jews, Shakespeare also did an extraordinary thing for an Elizabethan playwright: He created a Jewish character who was flawed, and human, and oppressed by the Christians surrounding him."



The Shortest Shakespeare
All 37 plays in 97 minutes? Surely they jest!

"By taking Shakespeare apart and putting him back together in new and unexpected ways, the Reduced crew opens him up to a whole new audience that might not have known they were interested."


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