A wealthy Jew and moneylender, Shylock is routinely insulted and bullied on the Venice streets by the ruling Christians, including Antonio.
A rich heiress from Belmont who is fending off a series of unsuitable suitors. Smart, resourceful, and waiting for Mr Right.
Captain of commerce who has a serious bromance going with Bassanio. Or is it a romance? Either way, he’ll do anything to help his closest friend.
Unswerving is his loyalty towards Antonio, yet burning with passion for Portia. Also, strapped for cash.
Behaves as an obedient daughter in front of her father, Shylock. But underneath, Jessica is eager to break the parental chains and rebel.
Bassanio’s buddy is a party animal who knows how to have a good time.
Has one eye on Shylock’s daughter and one eye on Shylock’s money. If he gets both, then that’s got to be a win-win, right?
Portia’s BFF and lady-in-waiting, Nerissa is helping her mistress avoid all the Mr Wrongs.
Shylock’s servant is “a merry devil” who enjoys poking fun and making mischief.
The head honcho in Venice; it’s down to the Duke to ensure that the law is enforced and that justice is executed.