Shylock, Our Contemporary
Offering a personal reflection on the experience of seeing ‘seven Shylocks on a single day’ in Venice in the summer of 2016 this essay takes the form of an itinerary through three separate events related to the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Ghetto of Venice. Footage of Laurence Olivier at the Doge’s Palace, the performance of the “Hath not a Jew Eyes?” speech in a “Mock Appeal: Shylock v. Antonio”, and the five Shylocks who appeared in Karin Coonrod’s production of The Merchant of Venice performed in the Ghetto, inspire a lively review and ironical companion piece to Sinclair’s posthumous anthology, Shylock Must Die.
keywords: The Merchant of Venice. Shylock. Laurence Olivier. F. Murray Abraham. Mock Appeal: Shylock v. Antonio. The Merchant in the Ghetto.
Language: enPublished: June 10, 2021