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New Adaptation of Merchant of Venice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0594  Wednesday, 12 September 2007

From: 		Susanne Greenhalgh <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 11:34:31 +0100
Subject: 	New Adaptation of Merchant of Venice

Today's Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4) had an interview with the Jewish 
playwright Julia Pascal about her adaptation of 'The Merchant of Venice' 
that opens at the Arcola Theatre, London tonight. She has given it a 
frame of a holocaust survivor Sarah (Ruth Posner, who is herself a 
Warsaw ghetto survivor) coming across a performance of the play in 
Venice creating 'a double ghetto effect'. There are added scenes by 
Pascal filling out Shylock's back story and dealing with his relations 
with Jessica but the trial scene is left intact. It plays at the Arcola 
until October 13.

Susanne Greenhalgh
Digby Stuart College
Roehampton University

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