What do I need to know before seeing Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice?
August 21, 2012 9:27 PM Subscribe
What do I need to know before seeing Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
posted by paleyellowwithorange to media & arts (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Next week I'm going to see a theater production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
. I want to enjoy it, but I'm the kind of person who prefers to know as little as possible about a book or film before reading/watching. How much assumed knowledge would the original audience have had? Can I go in without even that?
Wikipedia lists some sources of the play
, and indicates that certain story elements were well-known in 16th century England.
All other things being equal, can I enjoy this play knowing nothing about it or its context, or will it (or crucial parts of it) be impenetrable to me unless I school myself to a certain level beforehand?