Could Al Pacino Take The Merchant of Venice to London?

News   Could Al Pacino Take The Merchant of Venice to London? The well-reviewed Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino, could possibly cross the Atlantic for a London run, according to the Daily Mail.

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British producers Duncan C. Weldon and Paul Elliott are reportedly in talks with the Public Theater and the Merchant producing team about bringing the production to the West End.

Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis hinted that talks of a London bow for Merchant were under way, said the Daily Mail's Baz Bamibigboye. Representatives for the production told Playbill.com they had nothing to announce.

There has also been speculation that The Merchant of Venice will likely extend its Broadway engagement, which is currently scheduled to conclude its limited, 78-performance run Jan. 9, 2011.

Merchant transferred to Broadway Oct. 18 after a repertory run as part of Shakespeare in the Park this past summer. The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel produce the Broadway outing.

Pacino stars as Shylock in the production that also features Lily Rabe as Portia, Jesse L. Martin as Gratiano, Byron Jennings as Antonio, Heather Lind as Jessica, Christopher Fitzgerald as Launcelot Gobbo, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Nerissa, David Harbour as Bassanio, Peter Francis James as Salerio and Seth Numrich as Lorenzo.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 W. 44th Street.

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