Bartholomew Fair is full of energy and highly entertaining throughout, while making no attempt to glamorise the city’s underbelly.
First performed in 1610, Ben Jonson’s powerful and timeless satire of city life is presented here at its best, thanks to a flamboyant and utterly enjoyable RSC production.
The Alchemist, presented here with some script revision from Stephen Jeffreys is a riotous romp through Jacobean London!
Though The Alchemist can be considered Ben Jonson’s best play, it doesn’t get staged often. The slapstick comedy satirising a cross section of Jacobean society is swift, easy to follow and jolly so it deserves much more stage time than it receives.
Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass is less about the devil and more about devilment, and Mercurius bring this farcical, Jacobean world to life with a snappy edit, good energy and some excellent performances in original dress.