THE ALCHEMIST By Ben Jonson

THE ALCHEMIST By Ben Jonson

January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

The Rose Playhouse

7th to 30th June 2016 All Performances at 7.30 pm (Sundays at 3.00 pm Only) No Monday Performances

 “One of the three most perfect plots in literature”  - Samuel Coleridge

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Wealthy Lovewit, fleeing disease-ridden London, leaves his town house safely in the care of his butler Jeremy.  But Jeremy grabs the chance to set up a criminal den with two fellow swindlers, promising untold riches and success to the gullible. No scheme is too ridiculous, no dupe left untricked as the greedy of London flock to be gulled.  But as the three juggle their increasingly crazy schemes to keep up the money making pretence, will the bubbling cauldron of trickery explode in all their faces? And what will happen if Lovewit suddenly decides to come home?

In 1616 Ben Jonson audaciously published a Folio edition of his works.  In this four hundredth anniversary year Mercurius presents his vibrant, witty farce. They return to The Rose Playhouse for the fourth time following the sell-out, 5 star success of A Trick to Catch the Old One and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and most recently Ben Jonson’s The Devil Is An Ass, chosen by LondonTheatre1 as one of its top ten productions of 2015.

CAST AND CREATIVES - Clark Alexander as Lovewit / Alec Bennie as Pertinax Surly / Jeremy Booth as Sir Epicure Mammon / Beth Eyre as Doll Common / Benjamin Garrison as Subtle / Monty d’Inverno as Dapper and Kastril / Charlie Ryall as Dame Pliant / Peter Wicks as Face

Running time will be around 90 minutes with no interval

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.
Written by
Ben Jonson
Directed by
Jenny Eastop
Presented by
Mercurius

Booking Information

Tickets

Full £12 / Cons £10 (Friends of The Rose, OAP, Student or Equity - on presentation of ID) £9 Southwark Residence With Proof of Address

Box Office

020 7261 9565

Email

boxoffice@roseplayhouse.org.uk




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