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Masterpiece Episode: "Merchant of Venice"

Season 31, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: A sleek adaptation unfolds of the Royal National Theatre's 1999 modern-day staging of Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice,” the controversial drama about Shylock (Henry Goodman), the Jew who lends the merchant Antonio (David Bamber) money to bankroll his friend Bassanio's courtship of the heiress Portia (Derbhle Crotty). If Antonio can't repay, Shylock gets a pound of his flesh. Director Trevor Nunn sets the action in early-1930s cafe society.
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2001
Guest Cast Mark Springer: Leonardo Michael Wildman: Stephano/Masked Man David Arneil: Video Suitor Raymond Coulthard: Prince of Aragon Richard Henders: Gratiano Adrian Penketh: British Video Suitor Vernon Douglas: Morocco's Manservant Charles Millham: Video Suitor Alex Kelly: Nerissa John Nolan: Balthazar Derbhle Crotty: Portia Mark Umbers: Solanio David Burt: Duke of Venice Laurence Werber: Tubal Ceri Ann Gregory: Cabaret Singer Henry Goodman: Shylock David Bamber: Antonio Leigh McDonald: Cabaret Singer Alexander Hanson: Bassanio Chu Omambala: Prince of Morocco Oscar James: Old Gobbo Peter De Jersey: Salerio Jack James: Lorenzo Giles Smith: German Video Suitor Andrew French: Launcelot Gobbo Gabrielle Jourdan: Jessica Patrick Baladi: Italian Video Suitor

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'



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