Edinburgh Fringe legend Guy Masterson brings his acclaimed Shylock solo show to Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio on Thursday, May 24 on a mini-tour of Scotland.
Far from being a controversially anti-Semitic tome, he believes Shakespeare may have deliberately penned the first anti-racist work during a fiercely xenophobic era.
“Posing the question ‘Hath not a Jew eyes?’ he challenges his wholly Christian audience to see Shylock, not as a villainous, bloodthirsty miser, but as a victim of racial discrimination determined to make a stand against brutal repression,” says Guy.
The solo show charts the tragic, tempestuous and often unbelievable life of Shylock, one of only two Jewish men in the whole works of the Bard.
Guy’s literate, yet comedic performance, conjures up a host of characters including Portia, Pontius Pilate, Antonio the Merchant, ‘Adolf’ Hitler, Barabbas -The Jew of Malta, Charles Macklin, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving, confronting and confounding the stereotypes surrounding Shylock’s turbulent 400 year history.
The actor is well known to Scottish audiences for a string of Edinburgh Festival hits over 20 years, including the Olivier Award winning Morecambe, 12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple and of course his own, now legendary, solo performances of Under Milk Wood and Animal Farm.
He has taken on Gareth Armstrong’s hugely acclaimed Shylock - itself one of the most successful solo shows of all time - having been performed globally over 1000 times by Armstrong himself for a decade.
When Guy finally donned the Homburg of Shakespeare’s most famous Jew at Edinburgh last year, he collected his fourth nomination for Best Actor at the Fringe.
Tickets for Shylock are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.