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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

by | Read by Hadyn Gwynne, Bill Nighy, and a full cast

Poetry & Drama • 2.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2003

Transforming any play into sound alone is a challenge, and one that is met by this Arkangel production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, part of its series of dramatized recordings of Shakespeare's works. Like many of Shakespeare's comedies, MERCHANT is at its core a love story, but it is far more than that. The play is a controversial examination of justice, mercy, and prejudice. All the actors give strong performances, although it's somewhat difficult at times to distinguish between the voices of Bassanio and Antonio, played by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Bill Nighy. Trevor Peacock's portrayal of Shylock stands out among those of a solid cast. Peacock uses a sly voice for Shylock, saving his best for the comedy's climactic courtroom scene. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE/JULY 05]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Audio Partners/ Arkangel • 2005

CS ISBN 0140867708 $17.95 • Two cassettes

CD ISBN 1932219226 $19.95 • Two CDs

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