Shylock (4 stars)

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Written and directed by Gareth Armstrong. Performed by Guy Masterson. Villain, victim, or is Shakespeare's infamous Jew someone more intriguing? This globally acclaimed play reveals all in a dazzling dissection of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Fringe legend, Guy Masterson, gives a comedic, deeply moving performance, celebrating the richness of Shakespeare's language and conjuring a host of characters from Portia to Pontius Pilate and confounding the stereotypes. Journey through the conflicts and contradictions surrounding Shylock's turbulent history in a fascinating exploration of Shylock through the ages, bringing Shakespeare to life, history to the forefront and magic to the stage!

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9 Aug 20114 stars

Gareth Armstrong and Guy Masterson take us behind the mask of Shakespeare’s Jew

In a festival overflowing with one-actor shows, Gareth Armstrong’s Shylock, performed by Guy Masterson – a much-loved master of the Fringe monodrama – stands out as a work of real quality. The script, which is offered to us by the character of Tubal…

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