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Jonathan Pryce is Globe’s Shylock

Published 6 January 2015

Olivier Award winning actors Jonathan Pryce and Michelle Terry will lead Shakespeare’s Globe’s summer season taking the starring roles in The Merchant Of Venice and As You Like It respectively.

One of Britain’s best loved stage actors, Pryce will take on the role of infamous moneylender Shylock in Jonathan Munby’s forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s grisly drama that will open the Globe’s 2015 season from 23 April.

Returning to the Bard’s work following his acclaimed performance as King Lear at the Almeida Theatre in 2012, highlights of Pryce’s extensive theatrical career include his Tony Award-winning performance in Comedians both in London and on Broadway, his Olivier Award-winning performance as Hamlet and his acclaimed recent turn in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker. He will perhaps be best known to many still, however, for his seminal role as the original Engineer in the legendary musical Miss Saigon.

Following Munby’s opening production, Terry returns to the Globe stage following critically acclaimed roles in 2013’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 2009’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to play Rosalind in Blanche McIntyre’s take on the classic comedy As You Like It from 15 May.

Scoring an Olivier Award win in 2011 for her role in the Royal Court’s family drama Tribes, The Café star Terry’s numerous stage credits include Before The Party at the Almeida and In The Republic Of Happiness at the Royal Court, as well as appearances at the National Theatre in productions including The Comedy Of Errors, London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice.

The pair performs as part of a packed 2015 season for the iconic al fresco venue. Taking the theme Justice And Mercy as its inspiration, other highlights include productions of Shakespeare’s Richard II and the rarely performed King John, a revival of Helen Edmundson’s The Heresy Of Love and a new play by acclaimed writer Jessica Swale.

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