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