Will Patrick Stewart Star in Royal Shakespeare Company's Merchant of Venice?

News   Will Patrick Stewart Star in Royal Shakespeare Company's Merchant of Venice?
Patrick Stewart, recently seen on Broadway in A Life in the Theatre, will likely star in the Royal Shakespeare Company's upcoming production of The Merchant of Venice, according to London's Daily Mail.

Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart

The staging, which will be seen at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, will reunite Stewart with his Macbeth director, Rupert Goold. Stewart, according to the London paper, has agreed to play the role but has yet to sign a contract.

Performance dates are scheduled for May 13-Oct. 4, 2011.

"In a city built on business, merchants and traders gamble on deals that can make a fortune or lose them everything," according to the RSC. "When Antonio bets on a venture that fails to repay, he is forced to borrow money from a man he despises. But debts must be repaid. When cultures clash, a business deal turns to revenge and a wronged father seeks a deadly retribution."

Stewart is well-known for his work on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and in Broadway's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. He was Tony Award-nominated for Macbeth.

There has also been talk about bringing the current Broadway production of Merchant, which stars Al Pacino, to London.

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