I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.



I’m Bassanio, a gentleman from Venice. I wanted to marry the wealthy heiress Portia in Belmont, but needed money first. I had already spent all the money I inherited from my father and so turned to my best friend Antonio. He didn’t have any spare money so he took a loan from Shylock the moneylender. To marry Portia I had to choose the right box in a test. There were three boxes which were made from different metals. By thinking carefully about the clues I realised that I should pick the lead casket if I wanted to marry Portia. We got married, but I had to leave immediately to help Antonio, who was being taken to court after not being able to repay the loan he took out for me. Luckily he won the case, but I had to give his lawyer a ring that Portia had given me. When I returned home, Portia was very unhappy that I had given away the ring she gave me.


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Antonio, Gratiano, Portia

  1. Pray God Bassanio come To see me pay his debt, and then I care not
  2. Of all the men that ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving a fair lady
  3. My purse, my person, my extremest means Lie all unlock’d to your occasions.
  4. You see me Lord Bassanio where I stand, Such as I am; though for myself alone I would not be ambitious in my wish To wish myself much better, yet for you, I would be trebled twenty times myself, A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times more rich, That only to stand high in your account, I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends Exceed account
  5. Her gentle spirit Commits itself to yours to be directed, As from her lord, her governor, her king.

Bassanio's' Images

Nick [Bassanio] and Racheal [Nerissa]

Nick as Bassanio.

Nick [Bassanio] rehearsing.

Nick [Bassanio] in rehearsals.

Nick [Bassanio]. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Racheal [Nerissa] and Nick [Bassanio]. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Nick Howard-Brown discusses whats been happening in rehearsals so far.

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  2. Clip 2
    Nick talks about the audience reactions to the play, how it has changed and his favourite moment.

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Also Called

  • Salanio: ‘most noble kinsman’ (1.1.57)
  • Nerissa: ‘a Venetian (a scholar and a soldier)’ (1.2.108-109)


  • 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

Loves Portia


Spending money, Not thinking things through properly

Dear Agony Aunt

I have fallen in love with a wealthy girl, but to marry her I must solve a riddle, picking the correct casket from a choice of three – one made of gold, one silver, and the other lead. Which should I choose and why?


  • Pick the lead one because they'll expect you to pick the gold or silver one! It's not about wealth it's about love!

    - Rhys

  • You should choose the lead casket because it's the one that other men won't pick!

    - FJ

  • Lead! It's worth more than all the gold and silver in the world.

    - Sofia

  • Lead. But seriously, if she actually loved you she wouldn't make you choose a box to win her affections, leave her and find someone that loves you for being you not for the best society or money match!

    - Mara