Considered as one of the most controversial of the Bard’s comedies due to its characters’ religious and racial prejudices, The Merchant of Venice deals with a young Venetian named Bassanio who aims to woo a wealthy heiress, but he can’t provide as a suitor due to squandering his estate and being broke; so he approaches his friend Antonio for help. Antonio is strapped for cash at the moment, so he borrows from the Jewish moneylender Shylock for a loan, who only agrees on the condition of taking a pound of Antonio’s flesh if he is unable to pay. See how this intriguing story plays out at the New Swan’s beautiful outdoor stage.
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