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Shakespeare in Performance: Stage Production

The Merchant of Venice (1741, The Drury Lane Company)

TitleThe Merchant of Venice
Theater CompanyThe Drury Lane Company
Release LocationsUK
Play ConnectionsThe Merchant of Venice (performance)


Widely considered Charles Macklin's greatest performance. Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice hadn't been acted since 1701; George Granville's adaptation, The Jew of Venice, was the preferred version. Macklin wanted to restore the original text (with a few edits of his own) and resolved to play Shylock as a serious character. For his performance he received lavish praise from nobility and critics. Alexander Pope, upon seeing Macklin's performance, commented, "This is the Jew / That Shakespeare drew."

Performance Chronicle Gatekeeper — Added 2011-06-17

Cast Overview

ShylockCharles Macklin

Company Overview

Theater Company The Drury Lane Company