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THE MERCHANT OF

VENICE
by William Shakespeare

THE PLAY
A fortuneless nobleman, Bassanio, asks for a loan from the merchant Antonio so that he can
pursue Portia, a wealthy heiress, in order to restore his fortune. Since the merchant has all his
assets tied up with ships that at sea, he tells Bassanio he will use his credit to obtain a loan
from the Jew Shylock. Because Shylock fiercely hates Antonio, he latches on to the opportunity
to get revenge; he agrees to loan Antonio the money. But, if Antonio does not repay this loan,
Shylock will get a pound of flesh as payment from him.
With the money he needs,Bassanio pursues Portia, and he selects the casket (small box) that
allows him to marry her. But, in the meantime, Shylock's daughter runs off with a Christian,
converts, and steals her late mothers jewels. The avaricious and offended Shylock is enraged by
this; he vows to exact the flesh from Antonio, who is unable to pay the loan because his ships
are lost at sea. When Portia learns from Bassanio of Antonio's plight, she disguises herself as a
doctor of law and, with her servant Nerissa dressed as a law clerk, Portia appears at court on
Antonio's behalf where Shylock demands of the Duke,
I have possessed your grace of what I purpose
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn
To have the due and forfeit of my bond" (4.1.34-36).

THE PLAY
Portia's speech before the court is clearly a statement of theme for
this drama:
The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown. (4.1.186-192)
While it seems that Portia goes along with the sentencing, when
Shylock takes steps to cut off his pound of flesh, Portia/the doctor
of law points out that there was no provision in the conditions for
Antonio's blood, so Shylock can only have flesh--no
blood.Defeated, Shylock is further humiliated as he is made to
convert to Christianity. Antonio's ships finally arrive and the
lovers,Bassanio and Portia, are married.

Jugoslovensko
dramsko
pozoriste
in
Belgrade, Serbia, presents this amazing play
written by Shakespeare.

ROLES
Antonio-Irfan Mensur
Shylock-Predrag Ejdus/ Vojislav
Brajovi
Bassanio-Goran uljik
Portia-Dragan Mianovi
Nerissa-Anelika Simi
Jessica-Tanja Pjevac

Gratiano- Neboja Milovanovi


Lorenzo-Sran Timarov
Solanio-Pavle Peki
Salarino-Milan Mari
Launcelot Gobbo-Goran Jevti/ Boris Milivojevi
Gobbo, Tubal-Miodrag Radovanovi
The prince of Marocco, the prince of ArragonGoran Danii

As Portia, Dragan Mianovi received a lot of


awards, and this play went very good because of
great team of actors.

Dragan Mianovi (Portia)

One of the best scenes

Vojislav Brajovi (Shylock)

Naa Mara II2