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Alchemist Exposed, The  

Alchemist Exposed, The $21.77 ex GST
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The Alchemist Exposed follows the company and creative team of Nicholas Hytner's new NT (National Theatre) production as they strip back the years to reveal the dark arts of Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist.

As the actors and directors go back in time to unearth the play's characters, they discover that 1610 looks more and more like the present day. What are the details that conjure up this dizzying world of lethal con artists and money-minded Puritans, where the threat of plague is balanced by the prospect of limitless wealth? And when did any of them last check their own wallets?

Review
Hytner’s update of Jonson is pure gold. The production reinforces the timeless nature of credulity and shows a proper relish for Jonson'’s scholarly, scatological language. This is one of the funniest plays in the English language - Michael Billington, Guardian

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-683-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Robert Butler was theatre critic at the Independent on Sunday from 1995-2000. He is the author of three books in the 'National Theatre at Work' series, including: The Art of Darkness, published by Oberon.

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