Antonio

In sooth I know not why I am so sad

[1.1.1]

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I’m Antonio, and I work as a merchant in Venice and own a fleet of ships. My best friend Bassanio asked to borrow 3000 ducats from me because he wanted to woo the wealthy heiress Portia. To give him the money I had to borrow it off a moneylender called Shylock, who I’ve been mean about in the past. He lent me the money, but part of our deal was that I gave him a pound of my flesh if I couldn’t pay him back. When I thought my ships were lost at sea, Shylock demanded I pay up. Luckily, Portia disguised herself as a lawyer and saved my life. I got to control half of Shylock’s money while he lived, which I will give to Lorenzo and Jessica when he dies.

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Bassanio, Lorenzo

  1. Antonio, I am married to a wife Which is as dear to me as life itself; But life itself, my wife, and all the world Are not with me esteemed above thy life, I would lose all, ay sacrifice them all Here to this devil, to deliver you.
    [4.1.281-286]
  2. You have too much respect upon the world: They lose it that do buy it with much care; Believe me you are marvellously changed.
    [1.1.74-76]
  3. How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a Christian: But more, for that in low simplicity He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
    [1.3.36-40]
  4. Your mind is tossing on the ocean
    [1.1.8]
  5. to you Antonio I owe the most in money and in love
    [1.1.130-1]

Antonio's' Images

Cameron Moore, who is playing Antonio.

Cameron Moore, who is playing Antonio, in rehearsals in Week 1.

Ognen [Shylock], Bethan [Jessica] and Cameron [Antonio].

Cameron as Antonio.

Cameron [Antonio] rehearsing.

Cameron [Antonio].

Cameron [Antonio] and Christopher [Guard]. © SGT/Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Cameron talks about his character of Antonio, his motivations and the relationships important to him.

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  2. Clip 2
    Cameron talks about scenes that are still challenging, and the audiences reactions to the play.

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Also Called

  • Salarino: ‘the good Antonio, the honest Antonio’ (3.1.12-13)
  • Gratiano: ‘that royal merchant’ (3.2.238)
  • Bassanio: ‘my good friend’ (3.2.231)
  • Bassanio: ‘the kindest man’ (3.2.291)

Tweets

  • Congratulations and good joy, my lord and lady! #Love
  • So many fancy men are trying to win my boss by choosing a box that contains her picture #Love
  • I have my disguise and am ready to run #Disguise #Love
  • Cant believe my own flesh and blood turned against me! #Love
  • Jessica has run away. #Disguise
  • My daughter wants to marry. Not without my permission #Love
  • Short term loans... the price is always higher than you would expect #Money
  • I will take the pound of flesh and use it for fish bait. #Court
  • I will take Antonio’s heart if he can’t pay. I loan the money so I make the rules #Money
  • If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? And if you treat us badly, won’t we try to get revenge? #Court
  • People are often tricked by false appearances. I wasn’t with the chest but was by my wife lol #Disguise
  • Cant believe I didn’t recognise my own wife #Disguise
  • Really short of cash. Might need a short term loan. #Money
  • A lead chest, a Silver chest and a gold chest...hmm which one should I choose? #Love
  • Have been asked to give away the ring Portia gave me. Hard, but worth it. Hope she isn’t too angry #Court
  • Bassanio wants to borrow money from me in order to try and marry Portia #Love #Money
  • My ships are missing. I think they are sunk ....and so am I #Money
  • Am waiting to go in to court. Why did I make such a stupid agreement?! #Court
  • I hope Bassanio takes the hint and picks the right chest. #Love
  • Men all the same. They are drawn to these boxes as moths to a flame. And I bet I know why! #Money
  • Cant believe that no one has spotted me yet. Even Bassanio! #Disguise #Court

Relationship Status

Single

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Helping out friends in need, Sailing, Making investments

Dear Agony Aunt

My best friend is asking me to borrow some money. I want to help, but I will have to borrow it from a moneylender as I don’t have enough spare cash at the moment. Should I take the risk and borrow money from the moneylender?

Responses

  • No because he will probably trick you!

    - Larry

  • There could be a dodgy thing going on so just chill and get a good lawyer, if you do agree you will need one because you need all your flesh ;(

    -Sofia

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