The Malta Independent 20 June 2019, Thursday

Christopher Marlowe’s ‘The Jew of Malta’

Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 09:57 Last update: about 11 months ago

MADC and Teatru Manoel to stage classic play set in Malta for first time at Teatru Manoel

This October, the MADC and Teatru Manoel are producing Christopher Marlowe's classic 1590s play The Jew of Malta.

In many ways The Jew of Malta was ahead of its time, and today reads more like a Quentin Tarantino script than something written over 400 years ago; and the vibrant and fast-moving story features bloody violence and slapstick comedy in equal measure.

The focus is on the title character Barabas. A prosperous Jew, Barabas does all that he can to maintain his position of influence after the Governor of Malta uses the wealth of the country's Jewish population to pay off the Turkish Sultan in order to stave off war. He will allow nobody, including his daughter Abigail, to get in his way.  Christopher Marlowe's piece reflects the social and political realities of the age it was written; realities which still exist today.


Tragically murdered aged 29, Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, and poet of the Elizabethan era.  Although his life was cut short at such a young age, Marlowe's works are known for their rich storytelling and flawed, complex protagonists.

Director Chris Gatt, fresh from directing the acclaimed five-star production Vessel at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, describes it as a "Dark, hilarious and subversive tragi-comedy.  The Jew of Malta takes no prisoners as Marlowe cynically dissects a world where politics, greed and the three Mediterranean religions - Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish - clash; skewering all three as he weaves a fast-paced story at once tragic, farcical, and absurd."                                              

The Jew of Malta boasts a strong cast including Mikhail Basmadjian, Naomi Knight, Antony Edridge, Erica Muscat, Edward Thorpe, Philip Leone-Ganado, Nathan Brimmer, Alex Weenink, Joe Depasquale, Maxine Brimmer, Helen Osborne, Joseph Zammit and Daniela Carabott Pawley


The Jew of Malta will be performed at Teatru Manoel on 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 October 2018.  All performances start at 8pm; except for the October 6 performance, which starts at 6pm. Tickets at €25, €20 and €10; discounted ticket available for students and senior citizens. Bookings on 2124 6389 or Classification 14+

Partly funded by Arts Council Malta - Malta Arts Fund

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