The Merchant of Venice
ISBN10: 0521773385 ISBN13: 9780521773386 Contributors: Edelman, Charles Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr Published: Feb 10 2003 Pages: 293 Weight: 1.36lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The Merchant of Venice has had a rich and varied stage history. It has aroused controversy for over four hundred years. The introduction to this edition challenges many of the preconceptions associated with the play, showing how historical events and cultural attitudes have influenced actors' interpretations and audience responses. The commentary describes how actors, directors and designers have approached the play from the first performances in the 1590s to the present.