The Merchant of Venice: Music and Poetry of Shakespeare's Play (Shakespeare's Globe, 2015)

This article is about a Folger Consort performance inspired by Shakespeare's play. For other uses, see The Merchant of Venice (disambiguation).

Folger Consort performed The Merchant of Venice: Music and Poetry of Shakespeare's Play from March 7 to March 8, 2015 at the Shakespeare's Globe. Accompanying ayres by John Dowland, string music and songs by Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi, and wind pieces from the Bassano family, actors joined the Consort on stage with passages from Shakespeare's play. The Consort performed The Merchant of Venice with violins, viol, lute, theorbo, and accompanying ensemble the Gabrieli Consort & Players.



Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: violin
  • Christopher Kendall: lute, guitar

Guest artists

Gabrieli Consort & Players

  • Persephone Gibbs: violin
  • William Lyons: shawm, dulcian, recorder, bagpipe
  • Tom Lees: sackbut, recorder
  • Gawain Glenton: cornett, recorder
  • Nicholas Perry: cornett, shawm, recorder, hurdy gurdy
  • Christopher Suckling: viol
  • Richard Thomas: cornett, recorder, bagpipe


  • Emily Noël: soprano


  • Derek Jacobi: Shylock/Bassanio
  • Samantha Bond: Portia/Young Gobbo
  • Richard Clifford: Antonio/Salerio/Messenger/Balthazar
  • Noma Dumezweni: Nerissa/Jessica