A kid-friendly "Merchant of Venice"?
October 13, 2011 10:11 PM Subscribe
Please recommend a video production of "The Merchant of Venice" best suited for an 8-year-old.
posted by e-man to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
This summer we took our 8-year-old daughter to her first Shakespeare play - the Bard on the Beach
production of "As You Like It" - and she loved it. At the festival site she also saw posters for "The Merchant of Venice". Fascinated by the costumes and sets in the pictures and by what little of the story-line we could explain to her, she insisted on seeing that, too. Unfortunately by that time all remaining performances were either sold out or on days that conflicted with our existing schedules. So we compromised by promising to find a production of "Merchant" on video or DVD.
The Bard production of "Merchant" was, supposedly, one that somewhat toned down the anti-Semitic aspects - and we're looking for one that does the same. This is not because we're Jewish (we aren't) but because several of her friends are. I'd rather not expose her to concepts that might confuse or distress her unnecessarily, or get her in trouble if she talked about them in the wrong context, or that she's simply not yet able to process.
Any suggestions from the Hive-mind?