Palestinian actor Makram Khoury.
(photo credit: NOY RAZ / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
London theatregoers who plan to take in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of The Merchant of Venice are in for quite a surprise when they discover that the actor cast to play Shylock is a Palestinian.
According to a report in the British Telgraph, Makram Khoury, the first non-Jew to win the prestigious Israel Prize for a distinguished acting career that has spanned over 50 years, will make his debut at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on May 14.
Khoury, a native Jerusalemite, hails from a Christian family. He spent his childhood in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. His resume includes an appearance on the hit television series West Wing
as well as a role in Steven Spielberg’s thriller Munich
Khoury was the subject of controversy after he was cast to play a Holocaust survivor in the Israeli film Magic Men
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