The Jew of Malta

Performed at the People’s Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (11 performances)

Cast & Crew

Cast

Abbess
Abigail
Barabas
Bashaw
Bellamira
Callapine
Don Mathias
Ferneze
Friar Bernardine
Friar Jacomo
Ithamore
Jew 1
Jew 2
Jew 3
Katherine
Knight of Malta 1
Knight Officer
Knight Officer
Knight Officer
Lodowick
Machevil
Martin del Bosco
Merchant Seaman 1
Merchant Seaman 2
Moorish Slave
Nun
Pilia-Borza
Selim-Calymath
Slave Girl
Turkish Slave

Crew

Designer
Director
Light Designer
Music by
Playwright

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Play description

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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