A SOLO show exploring one of Shakespeare's most controversial characters will be performed in Purbeck later this month.

Actor Rhodri Miles will play Shylock, in the play of the same name.

Shylock was the money lender from the Merchant of Venice, a Shakespeare comedy which has been much debated for its anti-Semitic language and content.

In this solo show, set for Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, director and writer Gareth Armstrong confronts these stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock's only friend, Tubal.

The play is coming to Dorset courtesy of the county's rural touring arts organisation Artsreach.

An Artsreach spokesman said: "Tubal, promoted form his minor role in The Merchant of Venice, proves to be a born comic storyteller."

Rhodri Miles trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a professional actor for over thirty years.

The spokesman said: "His solo show Burton toured to critical acclaim, followed by a national tour of Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon.

"Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare’s language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters from Portia to Pontius Pilate, from Romeo to Max

Reinhardt, and from Barabbas to Richard Burbage, this dazzling, moving, often hilarious performance is a fascinating exploration of Shylock."

Shylock will be performed at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, from 7.30pm on Sunday, March 22.

Call 01202 623 299 for tickets and further information.