Shylock has always divided opinion. Is he a villain or a victim? Or is he someone even more intriguing?

There is no doubt Shylock is hard done by in The Merchant of Venice, but does he bring it on himself? As one of only two Jewish men in the whole of Shakespeare, he has been portrayed in ways which reflected how Jews were popularly viewed – from comic villain in Shakespeare’s day to a victim of racial discrimination nowadays.

This award-winning, poignant, powerful yet humorous performance brings us Shylock afresh in one of the most globally successful solo shows of the last decade. Guy Masterson, perhaps the world’s leading exponent of the form, demonstrates its brilliance, honouring one of Shakespeare’s finest creations from one of his greatest plays in a performance that celebrates the beauty of language, the power of history and the magic of theatre!


Written & directed by Gareth Armstrong

Performed by Guy Masterson


"Shylock deserves to be packed out every show. It reflects the deepest love and understanding of Shakespeare's genius, and mixes us adeptly into the problems, pressures, traditions, censors prejudices and passions of Elizabethan theatre."

The Scotsman

"Innovative, delightful, exceptional!"

The Independent


The Guardian

"Powerful...witty and intelligent..."

Western Daily Express

"Anyone who is interested in Shakespeare or history, or who thinks they understand the issues within anti-Semitism MUST see this play."

The Salisbury Journal

"It is cleverly written and superbly performed"

"Guy Masterson presents the masterpiece that is Gareth Armstrong's Shylock in a characteristic display of exhilarating talent"

"With 20 years of experience in one-man shows, performing himself and directing others, Masterson knows exactly what works and what doesn't and this production shows yet again his mastery of the genre"

British Theatre Guide

"Vibrant, poignant, exceptionally well written and beautifully executed"

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All tickets £20.50

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Running times

85 mins including an interval

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