The Alchemist RSC

The Alchemist RSC Tickets

West End

In this remarkable year, celebrating 400 years of the genius of Shakespeare, we bring four diverse Royal Shakespeare Company plays to the Barbican - direct from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Following the acclaimed King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; this Autumn sees a pairing of works of two of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, in repertoire from 2 September to 1 October.

The Alchemist written by one of Shakespeare’s finest contemporaries, Jonson’s savage satire revels in just how vain we humans can be. Polly Findlay, one ‘of the brightest talents in British theatre’ (Independent), directs.


Book your The Alchemist RSC tickets, playing at The Barbican Theatre today.

The Alchemist RSC Synopsis: 

When London is hit by plague, Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler Jeremy. But no sooner has he left than Jeremy turns the house into a den of criminal activity, recruiting the conman Subtle and prostitute Doll Common to help him rip off half of the city.

Now every knock at the front door is another unwitting victim begging to be relieved of their cash. Things could not be going better for the gleeful trio until they receive a very unwelcome visitor.

Ben Jonson
Royal Shakespeare Company
Polly Findlay
The Alchemist RSC Schedule
Previews from: 
Friday, 2 September, 2016
Opening date: 
Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
Available from: 
Friday, 30 September, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 1 October, 2016
Saturday, 1 October, 2016
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
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Our Review

While the cat's away, the mice will play. And so it proves yet again in Ben Johnson's riotous 17th-century London comedy The Alchemist in which, after a Blackfriars gentleman decamps to the countryside to avoid the Plague sweeping through London and his housekeeper uses the opportunity to use it as the headquarters to operate a series of conman conspiracies from, with his collaborators Subtle... Read more

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