Shakespeare in Performance

The Merchant of Venice

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Boika Sokolova
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Kirilka Stavreva
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J. C. Bulman
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Boika Sokolova and Kirilka Stavreva’s second edition of the stage history of The Merchant of Venice expands the British focus of the first edition to include richly historicised chapters on Max Reinhardt’s and Peter Zadek’s sustained engagements with the play, and on its first production in Mandatory Palestine, directed by Leopold Jessner. It opens with a mapping of the interpretative shifts in the play’s performance from the 1930s to the second decade of the 21st century. The main focus is on post-1990s productions across Europe and the USA. Informative chapters on productions of the play by major contemporary directors analyse the work of Trevor Nunn, Robert Sturua, Edward Hall, Rupert Goold, Daniel Sullivan, and Karin Coonrod’s staging in the Venetian Ghetto. An extensive section engages with the cinematic history of the play, from silent-era adaptations, like Peter Paul Felner’s Der Kaufmann von Venedig (The Jew of Mestri), through Pierre Billon’s talkie Le Marchand de Venise; it includes a close analysis of Don Selwyn’s Te Tangata Whai Rawa or Weniti (The Māori Merchant of Venice) and Michael Radford’s William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. This larger picture of key theatrical and film transformations of The Merchant of Venice will prove essential to students of the play’s performance history, scholars interested in general trends and local specificities of its staging and reception, and to all who are prepared to look into the darker history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, reflected in the stage and screen fortunes of Shakespeare’s play.

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