The Jew of Malta

Christopher MARLOWE (1564 - 1593)

Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian before William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own untimely death.

The Jew of Malta (1589) is an original story of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean. The Jew of Malta is considered to have been a major influence on William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

The play contains a prologue in which the character Machiavel, a Senecan ghost based on Niccolò Machiavelli, introduces “the tragedy of a Jew.” (summary by Wikipedia)

Thomas Heywood: The well-known dramatist of the time has included Prologues and Epilogues both for the court and the Cock-Pit theatre “…making choice of you unto whom to devote it;” . (summary by David Lawrence)

Genre(s): Tragedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1 – Introduction, Prologues and Epilogues Group 00:05:10
Play 02 2 – Dramatis Personae ontheroad
Aaron Elliott
Play 03 3 – Act 1 Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Play 04 4 - Act 2 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Jay Saunders
Play 05 5 - Act 3 Gesine
Damien Tavis Toman
Play 06 6 - Act 4 Michael Sirois
Andrea Lee
Play 07 7 - Act 5 Daniel Hutton