The Alchemist
Drama

Barbican

The Alchemist

02 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016

£10.00 - £55.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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When London is hit by plague, Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler Jeremy. But no sooner has he left than Jeremy turns the house into a den of criminal activity, recruiting the conman Subtle and prostitute Doll Common to help him rip off half of the city.

Now every knock at the front door is another unwitting victim begging to be relieved of their cash. Things could not be going better for the gleeful trio until they receive a very unwelcome visitor.

Jonson’s savage satire revels in just how vain we humans can be.

Barbican [Off West End]

“Splendid satire... Nimble-footed production... ingenious little flourishes... McSweeney in particular never fails to amuse. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A glowing evening... Unclogged by baffling obscurities, the action whizzes along... There is a new star in McSweeney. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Sparkling and playful production of witty, city comedy... Lockyer’s performance pins things together.... intense, magnetic. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Deliciously daft, high-speed farce of foolishness... The pace increases scene by scene and the physical comedy is stunning. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Flamboyantly filthy... A series of quick-change comic turns... Without appearing to, the pace and intensity gradually build. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Rumbustious... McSweeney, Nwosu and Lockyer make a wonderful triple-act... Nwosu in particular is gloriously likable. ”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Dizzyingly frenetic, lushly textured work... Here cut and clarified but thankfully never tamed... Glittering, wickedly gleeful. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“The trio turn a tough, wordy text into gold, conjuring with tireless physical energy and swift speech... Genial. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“The cast lavishly indulge the absurdity of their delusions with a series of deliriously funny, high-definition performances. ”

Claire Allfree (Telegraph)

“The language sputters like a potion on the verge of transmutation... brought quickly to the boil by adapter Jeffreys. ”

Bella Todd (The Stage, Arts Desk, Time Out)

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