The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.



I’m Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. My daughter Jessica ran away and married a Christian boy, Lorenzo. I lent a Venetian merchant, Antonio, three thousand ducats. He had to pay me back in three months, or else I would demand a pound of flesh from him. I didn’t like Antonio because of the things he has said about me. When he didn’t pay me back I took him to court to get my payment - which was a pound of flesh - but a clever lawyer got him off. I was forced to give up half of my wealth as a punishment. I also had to become a Christian, and when I die give the rest of my money to Lorenzo and Jessica.


is the father of…

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  1. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose,- An evil soul producing a holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart. O what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
  2. The Hebrew will turn Christian, he grows kind.
  3. Certainly the Jew is the very devil incarnation
  4. I have heard him swear To Tubal and to Chus, his countryman, That he would rather have Antonio’s flesh Than twenty times the value of the sum That he did owe him
  5. Shylock the world thinks, and I think so too, That thou but leadest this fashion of thy malice To the last hour of act, and then ‘tis thought Thou’lt show thy mercy and remorse more strange Than is thy strange apparent cruelty

Shylock's' Images

Ognen with shoot photographer Bronwen Sharp.

Ognen [Shylock], Bethan [Jessica] and Cameron [Antonio] during the shoot.

Ognen having his photo taken for the programme and website

Ognen as Shylock.

Ognen [Shylock] in rehearsals.

Ognen [Shylock] in rehearsals.

Ognen [Shylock] in rehearsals.

Ognen [Shylock]. © SGT/Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Ognen talks about Shylock, his relationship with Jessica and how Shylock is a more complicated character than initially thought.

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  2. Clip 2
    Ognen talks about the audience reactions to Shylock and his favourite moment in the play.

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Also Called

  • Antonio: ‘the Hebrew’ (1.3.174)
  • Launcelot Gobbo: ‘the Jew’ (2.2.25)
  • Lorenzo ‘faithless Jew’ (2.4 142)
  • Gratiano: ‘damn’d, inexecrable dog’ (4.1.128)


  • 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

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Money, Imperial measurements, Revenge

Dear Agony Aunt

I loaned a merchant some money, and he didn’t pay me back when the money was due. Our contract says he must pay me a penalty, but everyone is trying to talk me out of it. I think it’s only fair that I get what’s coming to me, do you agree?


  • Yes, I think you are right and deserve your reward.

    - Anon

  • I agree with Shylock because a deal is a deal and Antonio has agreed to this deal. So if Antonio has agreed to this deal it means that he gets what's coming to him and just accepts that he's made the deal and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

    - Luke M

  • I know a deal is a deal but you should be proud of being who you are. You could just lend him the money and be happy with what you have already.

    - Sofia