Shylock played by Jonathan Pryce
The Merchant of Venice (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Jonathan trained at RADA.
Theatre includes: King Lear (Almeida); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman/Theatre Royal Bath/Trafalgar Studios/World Tour); Dimetos (Donmar); Glengarry Glen Ross (Apollo); The Goat or Who is Sylvia (Almeida/Apollo); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Broadway); My Fair Lady (National Theatre/Drury Lane); Oliver (Palladium); Miss Saigon (Drury Lane – Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier and Outer Circle Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical); Hamlet (Royal Court – Olivier Award/Best Actor) and Comedians (Old Vic/Broadway – Tony Award for Best Actor).
Film includes: Listen Up Philip, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hysteria, Borqriki, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, My Zinc Bed, Leatherheads, The Affair of the Necklace, Pirates of the Caribbean (1, 2 & 3); The Brothers Grimm, Tomorrow Never Dies, Regeneration, Evita, Carrington (Cannes Film Festival and Evening Standard Awards: Best Actor and BAFTA Award Nomination); The Age of Innocence, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Glengarry Glen Ross, Brazil and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Television includes: Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Cranford: Return to Cranford (Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama); Barbarians at the Gate (Emmy and Golden Globe Nominations: Best Actor); Great Moments in Aviation, Selling Hitler and The Man from the Pru.
“When you play a role you tend to find within that role something which is sympathetic and something you can believe in in the person. Because even if it’s a bad character or a malicious character 9 times out of 10 they don’t believe they're doing anything wrong. So I believe in my character, I believe in Shylock and I believe as Shylock that he is justified in his actions. And I don’t know yet, whether when he makes that bond for the pound of flesh, whether he means it.”
In his first interview Jonathan talks about his impression of the play so far, his decision to take on the role of Shylock and the experience he could expect at the Globe.