To complicate matters, Antonio has no money, so goes to a Jewish money lender by the name of Shylock. Shylock does not like Antonio because of his anti-semitic behaviour, but agrees to lend the money, on certain conditions.
Although The Merchant Of Venice is a comedy, Bell Shakespeare's modern take on the classic tale explores the dark side of story, which sees the character's strained relationships caused by prejudices. Expect to be taken on a journey filled with romance, mercy and justice.
"Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it." - Bell Shakespeare.
The Bell Shakespeare team who brings the tale of The Merchant Of Venice to the Frankston stage, is a Sydney based production company. Bell Shakespeare introduces Australian audiences to Shakespeare's tales and other classic works on national tours.
The Merchant Of Venice features 3 time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia. The production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir's Jasper Jones and Medea).