The National Theatre Company, headed by the late Sir Laurence Olivier, perform this production of Shakespeare's play.

In this lavish stage production, Oscar winner Laurence Olivier takes on one of literary history's most enigmatic and challenging characters: the vengeful moneylender of Venice, Shylock. Adapted from Jonathan Miller s brilliant London stage production, this updated interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece shifts the setting from Elizabethan times to the late 19th Century - allowing for a new relevance for contemporary audiences, and a deeper understanding of the central character. Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett, Michael Jayston, Anthony Nicholls and Denis Lawson also feature among the cast of the production, which is adapted and directed by acclaimed screenwriter, director and theatre trainer John Sichel.

Laurence Olivier as Shylock
Joan Plowright as Portia
Jeremy Brett as Bassanio
Michael Jayston as Gratiano
Anthony Nicholls as Antonio
Anna Carteret as Nerissa
Louise Purnell as Jessica
Malcolm Reid as Lorenzo
Charles Kay as Prince of Aragon
Benjamin Whitrow as Duke of Venice
Stephen Greif as Prince of Morocco

Certificate U
Running Time 126 mins
Region 0
Main Language English
Subtitles No
Release Date 19/11/2011

Number of Discs 1

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