Event The Merchant of Venice
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Venue Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
First Date 26 July 1977
Opening Date 26 July 1977
Last Date 3 September 1977
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description The Merchant of Venice combines fairytale romance with the tougher issues of justice and mercy, racism and tolerance. A merchant borrows money from a Jewish moneylender to help finance his friend's courtship of an intelligent woman. However, when the merchant's fortunes flag, he must give up a pound of flesh to the moneylender.
Description Source Other
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Test Drama
Subjects Homosexuality
Race relations
Name Function Notes
Roy Baldwin Actor Old Gobbo
Elspeth Ballantyne Actor Nerissa
Natalie Bate Actor Jessica
Sally Cahill Actor Maid to Portia
Simon Chilvers Actor Antonio
Peter Curtin Actor Bassanio
Gary Down Actor Lorenzo
David Downer Actor Gratiano
Peter Dunn Actor Solanio
Julie Hamilton Actor Portia
Jonathan Hardy Actor The Duke of Venice / The Prince of Arragon
Anthony Hawkins Actor The Prince of Morocco
Edward Hepple Actor Tubal
Robert Hewett Actor Launcelot Gobbo
Barry Hill Actor Salerio
John Murphy Actor Gaoler / Attendant
Stephen Oldfield Actor Leonardo
Robin Ramsay Actor Shylock
David Ravenswood Actor Stephano
Paul Mackay Assistant Stage Manager
Helen Gifford Composer
Robert Gavin Conductor
Kristian Fredrikson Costume Designer
John Sumner Director
Denise Brooks Flautist
Hew Jones Harpist
Jamieson Lewis Lighting Designer
Brian Gareh Lighting Operator
Harold Mcdonald Musician
Helen Hassell Oboist
Ross Dovey Percussionist
William Shakespeare Playwright
Peter Roehlen Production Manager
Kristian Fredrikson Set Designer
Arthur Hynes Stage Manager
John Cockerill Tenor
Leon La Gruta Violinist
Madeleine White Violist
Text Nationality England
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information The programme contains rehearsal photos.
Data Source
Source Description
Cast List MTC Records
Programme Dennis Wolanski Library collection at UNSW Library
Event Identifier 5906