Sequences from an operatic version of The Merchant of Venice plus a shot of the composer.
"For the first time in history "The Merchant of Venice" has been set to music - And the daring composer is Adrian Beecham, 18 year old son of Sir Thomas Beecham." C/U of the young Beecham sitting at a desk writing with a quill pen. C/U of his score. Duke of York's Theatre.
"The Court scene - where Shylock comes to demand his pound of flesh - " M/S of the stage scene - female opera singer stands centre stage. Various scenes of the performance are shown. C/U of the actor playing Shylock. He makes an impassioned speech. "But the triumph of Portia robs Shylock of his revenge on Antonio." More Shakespeare is performed - various shots of the action.
Issue number unknown, was probably a Pathe Pictorial item.