An unheroic Shylock (Antony Sher), intolerant Christians and a spoiled heiress (Deborah Findlay) characterised Bill Alexander's uncompromising production of The Merchant of Venice.

Nerissa jokes with Portia about the latter's suitors in The Merchant of Venice 1987
Nerissa (Pippa Guard) and Portia (Deborah Findlay) discuss the latter's suitors in The Merchant of Venice
Photo by Reg Wilson © RSC – Image Licensing

The period-dress production highlighted the divisions in a society that was both obsessed with wealth and openly racist.

 

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