From our May 2021 workshop, it’s the final session of Act 5, Scene 1, from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
This is the final section of the play right to the end. As Bassanio, Gratiano, and Antonio all return home after the trial with Shylock, Portia and Nerissa decide to play one final trick on their partners. And it’s important to remember this is actually the first time Antonio—who is such close friends with Bassanio—meets Portia (as herself, not the disguised lawyer).
We continue rolling out these episodes from the past 12+ months of workshops we’ve been doing, including Richard III, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and King John and more. You get some of the popular plays and the lesser-known ones too. If you’ve missed any presentations thus far, click here to find them all.
These presentations are available on the podcast and YouTube, and you can find both below. While there is a video component, since so much emphasis is on the text, I believe it’s still an excellent experience with the audio version.
Enjoy the audio version of the The Merchant of Venice presentation of Act 5, Scene 1:
Total Running Time: 1:50:35
- Stream by clicking here.
- Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as/save link as”.