Shylock’s story

WELSH actor Rhodri Miles, well-known for his one-man show about the film star Richard Burton, turns his attention to Shakespeare for his new solo play, on a three-date tour with Artsreach, at Tarrant Gunville village hall on Friday 20th March, Sydling St Nicholas on Saturday 21st, and Lytchett Matravers on Sunday 22nd.

Shylock explores the tragic, funny and often unbelievable life of one of the most famous Jews in literature. Is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender from The Merchant of Venice, a villain or victim?

Gareth Armstrong’s one-man play confronts these stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock’s only friend, and the only other Jewish man in the whole of Shakespeare, Tubal. Promoted to centre stage from his minor role in The Merchant of Venice, Tubal proves a born comic storyteller.

Rhodri Miles trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a professional actor for more than 30 years.

As well as Burton (the story of the Welsh-born actor) his previous solo show featured another international Welsh star, Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon.

Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare’s language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters from Portia to Pontius Pilate, Romeo to Max Reinhardt, Barabbas to Richard Burbage, this dazzling, moving, often hilarious performance is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people.