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The Merchant Of Venice
The Merchant Of Venice performing at the Royal Opera House
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Type of production: Opera
Opened: 19 July 2017
Booking until: 20 July 2017
Running time: 2 Hours 50 Mins
Prices: £39.00 - £115.00
Author / playwright: Andre Tchaikowsky
Director: Keith Warner
Bassanio borrows some money from his friend Antonio so he can court the beautiful heiress Portia. Antonio is expecting a returning shipment and so is short on ready cash; he in turn borrows from Shylock. Shylock has previously been much abused by Antonio and only agrees to the loan on the promise that if Antonio defaults, Shylock may take a pound of his flesh.

Bassanio wins Portia's love - but Antonio's ships are reported lost, and Shylock insists on his penalty. In court, the disguised Portia proves that it is impossible for Shylock to take only his pound of flesh without also drawing blood, not stipulated in the contract. The court forces the defeated Shylock to convert from Judaism to Christianity.

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