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Alchemist, The

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About the Show Less...

Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale star in Jonson's cunning critique of human greed and gullibility. Read More >

Alex Jennings, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville and Ian Richardson star in Jonson’s cunning critique of human greed and gullibility.

Subtle, Face and Doll Common pretend to be alchemists, fooling their unwitting clientele into parting with their money. As they attract more clients, the conspirators have to go to greater lengths to escape discovery.

Part of the Travelex £10 season: two thirds of the seats available for each performance cost only £10.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 08/09/2006

Opening Night: 14/09/2006

Closing Night: 21/11/2006

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Cast & Creative


Tristan Beint, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Bryan Dick, Alex Jennings, Lesley Manville, Tim McMullan, Ian Richardson, Simon Russell Beale, Amit Shah, Sam Spruell


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Mark Thompson

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Rich Walsh

Author - Ben Jonson

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