Palestinian actor cast to play Shylock in Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'

Khoury is the first non-Jew to win the prestigious Israel Prize for a distinguished acting career.

March 1, 2015 17:38
Palestinian actor Makram Khoury

Palestinian actor Makram Khoury. (photo credit: NOY RAZ / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)


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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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