The Merchant of Copenhagen: A young Dane, Bassanio, needs a loan of three million kroner so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Danish heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in shares of an IT Company about to float to the public. He goes to a billionaire businessman- Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio’s activism to protect the environment- which rubs Shylock the wrong way since his major business- oil- is known to contribute to massive pollution in Africa.
Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition – the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. Read more.