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DVD REVIEW: The Merchant of Venice, RSC

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This year may be the battle of the Cymbelines, with the Royal Shakespeare Company presenting their take while the Globe present two versions, one currently running in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Imogen (a “retitled and reclaimed” production) part of Emma Rice’s inaugural season. Last year the two establishments presented alternate takes on The Merchant of Venice with Polly Findlay’s RSC production the first to arrive on DVD.establishments presented alternate takes on The Merchant of Venice with Polly Findlay’s RSC production the first to arrive on DVD.

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NEWS: New National Theatre season includes Anne-Marie Duff in DH Lawrence

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The National Theatre has announced its new booking period, running from July 2015 to January 2016, with several new productions and some big names – including Anne-Marie Duff, whose previous award-winning NT credits include Strange Interlude and Saint Joan – entering the repertoire, as well as myriad casting updates. NATIONAL THEATRE: JULY 2015 – JANUARY 2016 Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE …

NEWS: New National Theatre season includes Anne-Marie Duff in DH Lawrence

In London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The National Theatre has announced its new booking period, running from July 2015 to January 2016, with several new productions and some big names – including Anne-Marie Duff, whose previous award-winning NT credits include Strange Interlude and Saint Joan – entering the repertoire, as well as myriad casting updates. NATIONAL THEATRE: JULY 2015 – JANUARY 2016 Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE …

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

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What an odd, stark, angry, intelligent Merchant this is! Wholly unlike the last RSC production, Rupert Goold’s spectacular Merchant-of-Vegas gameshow. Polly Findlay sets it modern dress, on a bare stage whose floor and backdrop are gold bars, mirroring the auditorium and making us visible witnesses to the case of Antonio, the shipowning speculator, and his deal with Shylock the Jew. A gilded pendulum swings constantly at stage level; the three caskets descend too, 65 feet from the grid on wires, bald as geometry diagrams – cube, cone, cylinder.