Author: William Shakespeare
Traslation by Dragoș Protopopescu
Cast: Ion Caramitru, Richard Bovnoczki, Ada Galeș, Alexandru Potocean, Cosmina Olariu, Silviu Mircescu, Flavia Giurgiu, Ciprian Nicula, Emilian Mârnea, Mihai Calotă, Petre Ancuța, Florin Călbăjos, Mihai Munteniţă, Ștefania Cîrcu, Shahbazimoghadam Mohammad Jawad, Dragoş Dumitru
Extras: Aurelian Ungurianu/Silviu Negulete
Direction, stage version and musical background: Alexander Morfov
Set design: Gabi Albu
Costumes: Liliana Cenean
Choreography: Inga Krasovska
Light design: Chris Jaeger
Technical direction: Silviu Negulete
Producer: I. L. Caragiale Theatre in Bucharest, 2019
Duration: 2 hrs 30 min
The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, in which the love story of Bassanio (the man who lost his fortune and had to borrow money to marry the woman he loved) blends with the even more dramatic story of the Jewish loan shark Shylock, who wants to get a pound of the flesh of Antonio, a merchant from Venice.
In this performance produced by the National Threatre in Bucharest, drama and comedy, farce and romantic predicaments intertwine in overwhelming moral dimensions, with an impressive cast, Ion Caramitru as Shylock, and a set design that takes us straight into the heart of Venice. A captivating staging, with dynamic rhythms, that highlight Shakespeares’ extraordinary creative power.