Written between the 1596 and 1598, "The Merchant of Venice" is both an early Shakespearean comedy and one of die Bard's problem plays; a work in which good triumphs over evil, yet the dramatic tension often remains unresolved and the world is not as put to rights as its heroes would hope. And it is such a tension that surrounds die legendary villain of the Merchant of Venice, the Jewish money-lender Shylock, who seeks a literal pound of flesh from his Christian opposite, the generous, faithful Antonio after Antonio becomes unable to repay the 3000 ducats he borrowed from die exacting usurer to fluid his friend Bassanio's marriage to Portia. After the money is lost in a battle at sea where Antonio's fleet is lost, Portia engages in a extraordinary legal battle of wills with Shylock in an attempt to free Bassanio from his terrible forfeit. In this stunningly' mounted, 1930's-set production by the Royal National Theatre under the direction of Trevor Nunn, Henry Goodman offers the performance of his career, justly acclaimed as the greatest Shylock ever seen on the London stage. "The Merchant of Venice" is here recreated faithfully from the theatrical run by the production team responsible for the Emmy Award winning adaptation of the RNT's "Oklahoma!".