Lorenzo played by Andy Apollo
The Merchant of Venice (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Andy trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Comedy of Errors.
Other theatre includes: Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta (RSC); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory/Manchester International Festival); A View from the Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre), and The Last of the Haussmans (National Theatre).
Film includes: Denial and Cinderella.
Television includes: A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Tunnel, Doctors, and Holby City.
"We were all taken aback at how the audience reaction was very different. I think we always actually expected it, but we weren’t sure exactly how that would manifest itself, because it’s an entirely different culture. The majority of the audience were, if not depending entirely on the surtitles, on the translation, so certain laughs were maybe delayed, or came at different points to exactly when we were used to."
As the tour continues, Andy talks about how Shakespeare translates across cultures, ceremonies which have blessed the production, and memorable moments from the China run.
"Chicago is incredibly vibrant. A couple of us also did a night-time cycle through the city. We started at one-thirty, took about four or five hours, cycled twenty-six miles, saw the entire city, cycled back along the lake."
Looking back on the American leg of the tour, Andy talks about adapting to different spaces, how this changes dynamics on stage, and some of his favourite moments off-stage.
"It seems like an important time to be presenting a play about otherness, about race relations. It is definitely a tough watch, and particularly I know this play has been branded as anti-Semitic by a lot of people."
Catching up during the US leg of the tour, Andy discusses the relevance of the play to modern audiences, performing in different spaces, and how his character has developed.
"Jessica and Lorenzo's relationship is not the 'fairy tale romance' they envisaged when they eloped. On a surface level, it's very poetic and romantic. But actually what's going on between them is dark and more troubling and more difficult for the two of them to navigate."
As one of the new cast members in the 2016 production, Andy Apollo reflects on the rehearsal process, his experience with Shakespeare, and his initial impressions of Lorenzo.