From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy of courtship and ethnic tensionTHIS EDITION INCLUDES:* An introduction to The Merchant of Venice by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate* The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page* A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play* An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre* A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of The Merchant of Venice in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors and two actors - Darko Tresnjak, David Thacker, Anthony Sher and Henry Goodman - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

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