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The Alchemist

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 8DS

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Polly Findlay directs the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of Ben Jonson’s savage satirical comedy The Alchemist, transferring to the Barbican Theatre for a limited season.

Set in a plague-infested London, The Alchemist follows the fallout when the wealthy Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of trusted butler Jeremy.

No sooner has his master left, however, than Jeremy begins turning the house into a den of criminal activity, setting out to rip off half of London with the aid of fellow conman Subtle and prostitute Doll Common.

With every knock at the front door another unwitting victim to be relieved of their cash, things could not be going better for the fortunate trio – until they receive a very unwelcome visitor.

A hilarious satire that revels in just how vain we humans can be, the Royal Shakespeare Company's successful staging of Jonson's classic text receives a limited run at the Barbican Theatre.

Cast & Creatives

Will Bliss, John Cummins, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Theo Fraser Steele, Natey Jones, Richard Leeming, Mark Lockyer, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Siobhan McSweeney, Hywel Morgan, Ken Nwosu, Ian Redford, Rosa Robson, Tim Samuels, Timothy Speyer, Eleanor Wyld
Ben Jonson
Polly Findlay
Royal Shakespeare Company
Lighting Designer
Charles Balfour
Movement Director
Clive Mendus
Gregory Clarke

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Barbican Theatre

Silk Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891
Official site
Nearest tube
Barbican/Moorgate (250m)
Nearest bus
153 (stops outside theatre) 8,11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344, 4 (Mon-Sat only), 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri only)

Barbican Centre underground car park, with free parking for orange badge holders. Please present your car park ticket and your orange badge to the Duty Manager at the box office. You will be given a sticker entitling you to free parking. Park in Car Park 3 which is entered via Silk Street. Walkway to level -1. Car Park 3 has 3 spaces for disabled customers. Car Parks 4 and 5 are entered via Beech Street and linked by lift E. Look out for directional signs on pillars - the lifts could easily be missed.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Access Assistance Tel: 020 7382 7348 Wheelchairs: 020 7638 8891 Minicom: 0207 382 7297 SMS: 020 7256 9577
Half-price for both disabled customers and their companions when joining the Access Membership Scheme. This can be joined through the website, by calling the Box Office or emailing
Limited mobility
153 Front Stalls seats have the best leg room.
Access description
The Box Office (where pre paid tickets can be collected 90 minutes prior to performance) can be found in the middle of the Level -1 Stalls Foyer which is one level dowbn from the ground floor. Lifts serve all main foyer areas. The entrance is at the rear of the auditorium, ttherefore there are more steps to negotiate the closer one sits to the stage. Doors open approximately 15min prior to performance. The theatre is situated over four levels. Handrails are provided throughout and there is lift access both within the theatre (suitable for smaller wheelchairs only and on the main foyers with low level controls, tactile buttons and voice announcements (main foyer lifts only). Stalls Level (Level -1): There are 25 steps between the front and rear of the Stalls. Seats with level access are provided in the back row (Row T). Circle (Mezzanine Level): Accessible by stairs or small lift. 27 steps between the back row and side slips. Seats with level access in the back row (Row B). Upper Circle: 20 steps between the back row and side slips. Gallery: 15 steps between the back row and side slips. Occasionally there is a completely different seating configuration - please check with the box office.
Hearing impaired
Sennheiser system with 30 headsets available.
Guide dogs policy
Can sit in the auditorium or be looked after by staff depending on customer preference. Please phone Box Office to discuss best seating options.
Gallery & Mezzanine floors only acessible via small lifts. 4 wheelchair spaces or 2 scooter spaces at Stalls level in Box A & B. Further 4 wheelchair spaces or 2 scooter spaces at Upper Circle level at B9-12 and B56-59 - on a platform lift which is lowered by approx. 30cm. Wheelchair and scooter transfer seating available to back row of Stalls. Wheelchair available to loan if booked in advance via the Box Office.
Men's and women's off Level -1.
Disabled toilets
2 Adapted toilets in main foyer on level -1, 2 at Theatre Circle level and one in the ground floor foyer.
No steps from the lift to the Stalls bar with limited seating. Other bars and cafes accessible via lifts on the Waterside level. Soft drinks and ice creams may be brought into the auditorium, subject to performance.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Ticket prices

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£10.00- £55.00

Age suitability
Show times
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Box office
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