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Volpone at the Swan Theatre, Stratford

The RSC use the Swan Theatre primarily to show the works of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, presumably to help us see Shakespeare’s work in context.  That’s a laudable aim, and one which the director of this play, Trevor Nunn, was instrumental in establishing.  615 more words


Brief Take on RSC Volpone

Kelly O’Connor

Jonson’s comedies usually come in for large doses of updating, as his topical humor requires footnotes; with its substantial rewrites, Trevor Nunn’s current RSC production of… 559 more words

Theater Reviews

The Jew of Malta

Seeing The Jew of Malta at Stratford-upon-Avon this summer provided me a couple of firsts: my first visit to The Swan Theatre and the first time I’ve seen a Christopher Marlowe play performed. 567 more words



Ben Jonson’s Volpone (Italian for “sly fox”) dates from 1606, a wry comedy about corruption and greed. It is being performed in the Swan at Stratford as part of the Venetian season: the title character is a childless Venetian nobleman who feigns illness in order to dupe his fellows; by convincing Voltore, Corbaccio, and Corvino that they have each been made his heir, he tricks them into showering him with gifts and money. 242 more words


"Now methinks that I am one of those..."

The Jew of Malta, Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 29th July 2015

Here was a play that I didn’t know at all and I set out to enjoy that novelty.   359 more words

Volpone - July 2015

Experience: 8/10

By Ben Jonson, with script revisions by Ranjit Bolt

Directed by Trevor Nunn

Venue: Swan Theatre

Date: Thursday 23rd July 2015

This fantastic production was a joy to watch. 5,596 more words


Volpone review

Review added of Volpone (FOLLOW LINK HERE) at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Trevor Nunn and with Henry Goodman as Volpone. Sometimes modern dress works. 22 more words