The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Ben Jonson  30th May – 2nd June 1956 at The Little Theatre, Letchworth

An outbreak of plague in London forces a gentleman, Lovewit, to flee temporarily to the country, leaving his house under the sole charge of his butler, Jeremy. Jeremy uses the opportunity given to him to use the house as the headquarters for fraudulent acts. He transforms himself into “Captain Face,” and enlists the aid of Subtle, a fellow conman, and Dol Common, a prostitute.

The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956
The Alchemist June 1956

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Cast

Dol. Common : Joyce Jones

Subtle, the Alchemist : Charles Heriot

Face, the housekeeper : John Glass

Dapper, a Lawyer’s clerk : Joe Platten

Drugger, a seller of tobacco : Horace Mayo

Sir Epicure Mammon, a Knight : John Waller

Pertinax Surly, a doubting Thomas : William Pearce

Kastril, A squire, the angry boy : Stephen Ward

Dame Pliant, his sister, a widow : Peggy Richardson

Mr Lovewit : Charles Bygrave

The Neighbours : Jacqueline Smedley, Lorna Lendorf, Jo Weddell, Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Officer of the law : Ken Wilson

Crew

Producer : Noel Ripley

Stage Manager : Percy Simmonds

Prompt : June Waller

Costumes : Eirene Ripley, Charles Heriot, B.J. Simmons Ltd