Plays Directory : The Jew of Malta

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Christopher Marlowe
  • Written
    1589
  • Overview
    The play contains a prologue in which the character Machiavel, a Senecan ghost based on Niccolò Machiavelli, introduces "the tragedy of a Jew." Machiavel expresses the cynical view that power is amoral, saying "I count religion but a childish toy,/And hold there is no sin but ignorance."

    The Jewish merchant in question, Barabas, is introduced as a man owning more wealth than all of Malta. When Turkish ships arrive to demand tribute, however, Barabas's wealth is seized and he is left penniless. Incensed, he begins a campaign to engineer the downfall of the Maltese governor who robbed him. With the aid of his daughter, Abigail, he recovers some of his former assets and buys a Turkish slave, Ithamore, who appears to hate Christians as much as Barabas. Barabas then, in revenge for the robbery, uses his daughter's beauty to embitter the governor's son and his friend against each other, leading to a duel in which they both die. When Abigail learns of Barabas's role in the plot, she consigns herself to a nunnery, only to be poisoned (along with all of the nuns) by Barabas and Ithamore for becoming a Christian. The two go on to kill a couple of friars who threaten to divulge their previous crimes. Ithamore himself, however, is lured into disclosing his secrets and blackmailing Barabas by a beautiful prostitute and her criminal friend. Barabas poisons all of them in revenge, but not before the governor is apprised of his deeds. Barabas escapes execution by feigning death, and then helps an advancing Turkish army to sack Malta, for which he is awarded governorship of the city.

    He then turns on the Turks, allowing the Knights of Malta to kill the Turkish army. The Maltese, however, turn on Barabas and kill him as they regain control of Malta.

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Connected mandy members:

Varvara Stolyarova
2016, Pilia-Borza, Abbess, Prologue
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Becky Barry
Becky Barry
Actor
2015, Performer Interpreter
Ellie Muscutt
Ellie Muscutt
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, Work Placement Assistant Stage Manager
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Richard Rees
Richard Rees
Actor
2015, Martin del Bosco
Stratford upon Avon
Laura Lear
Laura Lear
Assistant Stage Manager
2014, DSM
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Ami Sayers
Ami Sayers
Actor
2014, Ferneze
The Marlowe Theatre
Joe Golby
Joe Golby
Fight Co-Ordinator
2014, Fight Choreographer
Adela Leiro
Adela Leiro
Actor
2014, Bellamira
Marlowe Studio
Adam Trussell
2014, Barabas
The Marlowe Theatre
Anthony Hollis
Anthony Hollis
Production Manager
2014, Production Manager & Assistant Producer
Mollie Lambert
2014, Mathias
The Marlowe Theatre
Anthony Hollis
Anthony Hollis
Production Manager
2014, Production Manager
The Marlowe Studio
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting designer
The Marlow Studio
Ruth Rundle
Ruth Rundle
Actor
2014, Ithamore
The Marlowe Theatre Studio
Max Easton
Max Easton
Actor
2014, Ferneze/Ithamore/Friar Bernardine
Corpus Christi
Scott McGarrick
2014, Lodowick/Calymath
The Marlowe Studio
Sam Adamson
Sam Adamson
Actor
2014, Pilia-Borza / Martin del Bosco / Messenger
Marlowe Theatre
Francesca Heraghty-Smith
2013, Abigail
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Ben Nathan
Ben Nathan
Actor
2005, Martin Del Bosco
Gary Stoner
Gary Stoner
Actor
2003, Ithamore