class="">THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare (Cluj)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare (Cluj)

22 October| 18:00 – I.L.Caragiale National Theatre, Big Hall

The show takes place in the cold world of modern technology, where, in contrast, passions run high. Passions that point, first of all, toward narcissism and selfishness. At the same time, these characters are also prisoners of certain aspects of their own lives.


Translated into Hungarian by: Ádám Nádasdy

Adapted/Dramatized by: András Visky


Antonio: Gábor Viola

Bassanio: Balázs Bodolai

Gratiano: Ervin Szűcs

Salarino: Loránd Farkas

Solanio: Szabolcs Balla

Lorenzo: Péter Árus

Shylock: Zsolt Bogdán

Jessica: Éva Imre

Portia/Baltazar, lawyer: Andrea Vindis

Nerissa/Baltazar’s secretary: Csilla Albert

Stephano: Alpár Fogarasi

Lancelot Gobbo: Csaba Marosán

Old Gobbo: Attila Orbán

Tubal: Róbert Laczkó Vass

Prince of Morocco: Loránd Váta

Prince of Aragon: Ferenc Sinkó

The Prince: Áron Dimény

In other roles: Melinda Kántor, János Platz

Guards of the Prince of Morocco: Melinda Kántor, Réka Zongor

Directed by: Gábor Tompa

Set Design: Dragoș Buhagiar

Live Music: Loránd Farkas, Szabolcs Balla, Ervin Szűcs

Light Design: László Erőss

Video Images: András Rancz

Stage Movement: Enikő Györgyjakab, Paco Alfonsín

Stage Interpretation: Márta Papp

Assistant Directors: Botond Nagy, Emőke Veres

Costume Design Assistant: Gyopár Bocskai

Duration 2 h 45 min  (with intermission)

Hungarian State Theatre, Cluj-Napoca

In Hungarian with Romanian and English surtitles

Suitable for ages 14 and above

Nobody chooses to give up everything, or to say they are not interested in money. They all act according to their own interest, everything being manipulated by a complex network of interests and alliances. Of course, each character bears strong, sincere emotions; there is sex, love, eroticism. But the characters do not decide based on that. They only temporarily believe those things to be more important. Selfishness and self-interest interfere in all decisions reached. If we reflect on this idea, we can create a terribly cruel theatre. Of course, with elements of comedy, with comic situations, but essentially a greedy, cruel chase after “immortality”, survival or happiness.

Foto: István Biró