The Merchant of Venice

3ydd i 6ed Awst
Cyfarwyddwyd gan Edward Hall, Linda Kirk & Ian Wood

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

A difficult play, that turns on hatred and injustice between races, but which explores the deep humanity inside us all. To help his friend Bassanio court the noble Portia, Antonio borrows money from the Jewish moneylender Shylock, with a pound of his own flesh being the forfeit if he defaults on the loan. Portia disguises herself as a lawyer to save Antonio from Shylock's knife.


In Venice
Antonio, a merchantBill Rowlinson
Lord Bassanio, his friendIan Wood
LorenzoEdward Hall
GratianoClive Burgess
SalerioCallum Coates
SolanioWilliam McCaffrey
Shylock, a rich JewRichard Carwardine
Jessica, his daughterJane Coppola
Tubal, his friendTed Ward
Launcelot Gobbo, Shylock's servantJackie Morrison
Old Gobbo, his fatherMike Hall
Duke of VeniceTed Ward
GaolerDuncan McCallum
Attendants on the DukeAnthony Stevens, James Archer, Robin Jones, Duncan McCallum
Officer of the CourtDuncan McCallum
CitizensMarion Simmons, Pauline Ward
ChildrenMicael and Bobby Simmons
JugglersPip and Cress Whitton
At Belmont
PortiaHelen McCallum
Nerissa, her maidLinda Kirk
Sara, her serving womanJenny Paynter
Stephano, her servantJames Archer
Prince of MoroccoAnthony Stevens
His attendantsKate and Mary McCallum
Prince of ArragonDuncan McCallum


ProductionEdward Hall, Linda Kirk, Ian Wood
MusicRichard Morris
SingerJane Morris
RecorderPete Linnet
SoundUniversity of Leeds Audio-visual Service
Lighting David Long
Lighting AssistantGeorgina Ferry
Costumes byJulia Morrison, Alison Gill, Thalia McCallum, Clare Hall, and University of Sheffield Staff Dramatic Society
Properties and WardrobeJane Hall, Jenny Paynter
Make-upBecky Simmons, Marion Gray
Front of HouseJane Hall, Hilary Rowlinson
SetRobert Fitzmartin & Henry VIII