The Jew of Malta
The part of Machiavel was originally played by Derek Godfrey. From 21 December 1964 the part was played by Ian Richardson.
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The Jew of Malta (full title: The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta) is a play by Christopher Marlowe, written in 1589 or 1590. The plot primarily revolves around a Maltese Jewish merchant named Barabas. The original story combines religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean that takes place on the island of Malta. There has been extensive debate about the play’s portrayal of Jews and how Elizabethan audiences would have viewed it.
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