Presented in English
Told from the perspective of Shylock's friend Tubal, 'Shylock' presents one of Shakespeare's most controversial characters in a fresh light.
“Villain, victim, or is Shylock someone more intriguing? Celebrating Bill-400, Guy Masterson returns with his extraordinary, multi-award winning examination of Shakespeare's controversial Jew in one of the most successful globally acclaimed shows of the last two decades!” --description from the Edinburgh Fringe Programme
Presented by Theatre Tours International
Written and directed by Gareth Armstrong
Performed by Guy Masterson
Sound by Simon Slater
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The play premiered at Salisbury Playhouse, UK and the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998, with Guy Masterson taking the role at the Fringe in 2011, receiving a nomination for the Stage Award for Best Solo Performance. Since then the production has been on tour in the UK and internationally. The production toured to and will visit Australia in 2017.
2016 Tour Locations:
Edinburgh, Scotland, at Assembly Roxy, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 4-18, 2016
Auckland, New Zealand, at Aukland's Herald Theatre, Napier's Century Theatre, Nelson Arts Festival, and Dunedin Arts Festival, October 2016
Selected Reviews and Features:
The 2011 run received many 5 star reviews. For 2016:
BroadwayBaby review (5 stars):
"a tour-de-force of history, drama and comedy"
"This show, written and directed by Gareth Armstrong, takes a look at what Shylock means for his creator, for his audiences then and today, and for the only other Jew in Shakespeare’s works—Tubal. This is Masterson’s role—underlooked in the original, perhaps, only eight lines long: but vital." "his is a show that aims to deepen our understanding of the issues around Jews, history, and the theatre, not to dictate or proselytise."
Shylock is included in Jewish News' Edinburgh feature, quoting Masterson:
“It’s a commentary on Judaism in theatre, and shows how Shylock and Jews were treated in the 19th century, and how times progressed and Jews became more enlightened and accepted into British society.”