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The Merchant of Venice

Summary

Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to lend Antonio, a Venetian merchant, three thousand ducats so that his friend Bassanio can afford to court his love, Portia. However, Shylock has one condition: Should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh. Meanwhile in Belmont, according to the terms of her father's will, Portia's many suitors must choose correctly from three caskets. Bassanio arrives at Portia's estate and they declare their love for one another before he picks the correct casket. Antonio falls into bad fortune and finds he cannot repay Shylock: A dramatic trial ensues to decide his fate.

©2008 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Pattern of Painful Adventures (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)

Summary

A BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama by Stephen Wakelam on a period in the life of Shakespeare, The Pattern of Painful Adventures, originally broadcast in the Drama on 3 slot on 23 November 2008 and repeated on 25 April 2010. Business is going well, but the playwright urgently needs a collaborator for his latest play. His daughter is getting married. His brother has a sick child and is in need of a job. It is 1607, and Shakespeare's life is at a turning point. Starring Antony Sher as William Shakespeare, Will Keen as Jack Robinson, and Stephen Critchlow as John Marston. Also included amongst the cast are Chris Pavlo, Helen Longworth, John Rowe, Robert Lonsdale, and Joseph Kloska. Produced and directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

©2010 Stephen Wakelam (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible