In THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Antonio, a Venetian merchant, has a friend Bassanio, who is desperately in need of money to court Portia, a wealthy heiress who lives in the city of Belmont. Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan in order to travel in style to Portia’s estate. Antonio agrees, but is unable to make the loan himself because his own money is all invested in a number of trade ships that are still at sea. Antonio suggests that Bassanio secure the loan from one of the city’s moneylenders and name Antonio as the loan’s guarantor.
So, in Venice, Antonio and Bassanio approach Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, for a loan. Shylock nurses a long-standing grudge against Antonio, who has made a habit of berating him and other Jews for their usury, which is the practice of loaning money at exorbitant rates of interest, and who undermines their business by offering interest-free loans. Although Antonio refuses to apologize for his behaviour, Shylock acts agreeably and offers to lend Bassanio three thousand ducats with no interest. Shylock adds, however, that should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio’s own flesh. Despite Bassanio’s warnings, Antonio agrees.Continue reading BARD ON THE BEACH PRESENTS THE MERCHANT OF VENICE @ THE GREEK THEATRE MARRICKVILLE→
The setting sun over Balmoral Beach on a warm summer’s evening provided the perfect backdrop for a highly enjoyable night’s entertainment of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST presented by Bard on the Beach.
For 25 years Shakespeare by the Sea was a benchmark for outdoor Shakespeare in Sydney. Founded and curated by David MacSwan, the Company performed some twenty Shakespeare plays at the beach with its closing season in 2011 after MacSwan’s sudden death from a pulmonary embolism early on in the final summer