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The Merchant of Venice(1974) directed by Jonathan Miller ( National Theatre) and John Sichel (TV version). Original airdate: 10 February 1974.

Jonathan Miller brings Shakespeare's tale of debt, love and retribution to life in this 1973 TV adaptation. Laurence Olivier stars as the money-lending Shylock. Widely regarded as the most convincing screen adaptation of The Merchant of Venice to date, this ATV production was sourced from Jonathan Miller's acclaimed 1970 National Theatre staging.
Aside from its artistic merit, it's also a valuable historical record, preserving Laurence Olivier's farewell to stage Shakespeare (though he would record King Lear in 1983).
As that detail implies, Miller has updated the action to the late 19th century,

Laurence Olivier (Shylock);
Joan Plowright (Portia);
Jeremy Brett (Bassanio);
Michael Jayston (Gratiano);
Anthony Nicholls (Antonio);
Anna Carteret (Nerissa);
Louise Purnell (Jessica)
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