John Barton production 1981

This production directed by John Barton featured an oppressed but strong Shylock who hinted at a comeback at the end of the court scene. Portia was powerful, influencing Bassanio in the casket scene and flinging the caskets across the room after his decision was made. David Suchet won an Oliver Award for his performance as Shylock.

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