The Alchemist (1967)
by Ben Jonson
Designed & Directed by Alex Kanarek
From the programme of this show. "The Alchemist" was first acted at the Globe Theatre by the King's Men in 1610, probably with Richard Burbage as Face. Since then it has been continuously popular, especially after the Restoration and throughout the eighteenth century.
The reason for this popularity is not hard to find; the play is considered to be one of the most perfect plots ever planned. The characters are universal, the theme of human folly, particularly that obsessive greed which betrays fools into the hands of expert manipulators.
Its message remains valid today - con-men, like the poor are always with us.
The "Penguin" edition of Johnson's First Folio "Workes", which was published in 1616, was used and only the most obscure references were deleted.
- Subtle, the Alchemist - Charles Commerford
- Face, the Housekeeper & Brothel-Captain - Paul Beech
- Dol Common, their colleague, a Doxy - Julia Stratton
- Dapper, a clerk - Keith Walmsley
- Drugger, a tobacco man - Christopher Rose
- Sir Epicure Mammon, a Knight - Vic Shaw
- Surly, a Gamester - Gerald Knights
- Charity Wholesome, a Puritan Deaconess - Carol Eldred
- Tribulation Wholesome, her sister, also a Puritan - Katharine Stratton
- Kastril, the Angry Boy - Simon Coady
- Dame Pliant - Sheila Compton
- Lovewitt, the Master of the House - Bob Ball
- Neighbours - Lesley Morris, Pamela James, Sheila Rees, Sylvia Meeks, Val Youngman, Brian Alberici, Norman Bradshaw, Jim Harman
- Parson - Nick Robbins
- Street Cryers - Wendy Neal, Mary Prindle, Malvina Spriggs, Charles Turner
- Stage Manager - John Woodrooffe
- A.S.M.s - Jessica Barber, Rick McGuire, Barry Weyman, Joan Spriggs
- Lighting - Ted Neal
- Sound - John Alford
- Costumes - Jean Firminger
- Scenic Artist - Frances Fisher
- Assistant to the director - Lynda Taylor
- F.O.H. Manager - Frank Howcutt
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