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One Hour Merchant of Venice Overview

  We’re very excited to publish an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice by Aileen Gonsalves, the RSC director. Aileen’s adaptation sticks closely to the script and provides a ‘route map’ of the plot of The Merchant of Venice. For an overview of the cuts made, see the introduction to this edition (there’s a link to the Introduction on the Index Page). It plays in an hour. Aileen has used this …Read More

Cast of One Hour Merchant of Venice

Cast (by order of part size): Portia A rich heiress of Belmont.   Shylock A Venetian Jewish usurer.   Bassanio A Venetian Lord   Antonio A merchant of Venice and a Christian   Gratiano A gentleman of Venice.   Arragon A Spanish suitor of Portia.   Morocco A Moroccaan suitor of Portia.   Nerissa Portia’s waiting-maid.   Duke The Duke of Venice   Salerio A Venetian emissary.   Balthazar A …Read More

Introduction to the One Hour Merchant of Venice

The One Hour Merchant of Venice: As well as publishing the Modern First Folio Edition (MFFE) of Shakespeare’s plays, we also publish One Hour versions of the plays.   These One Hour versions  aim to provide an overview of the plot of a Shakespeare play and tell the main story. We hope that the ‘One Hour’ edition will be complementary to the MFFE version of the play.   The aim …Read More

One Hour Merchant of Venice – Cast List for 8 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 8 players for One Hour Merchant of Venice. Links are given for the eight players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 8 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 8 players in Highlight Text format. The complete text …Read More

One Hour Merchant of Venice – Cast List for 7 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 7 players for One Hour Merchant of Venice. Links are given for the seven players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 7 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 7 players in Highlight Text format. The complete text …Read More

One Hour Merchant of Venice – Cast List for 6 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 6 players for One Hour Merchant of Venice. Links are given for the six players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 6 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 6 players in Highlight Text format. The complete text …Read More

One Hour Merchant of Venice Round-robin reading for 2 – 5 players

If you can only get a few people (2 – 5)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’.   Each player reads a speech in turn until all the speakers have read a speech, and then the first speaker speaks the next speech, and so on until you’ve read the play.   This way of reading the play means …Read More

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