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He's Dying To Get Rich August 2017

Ben Jonson's Volpone in a new adaptation

"He always liked you, sir. He says that men of your profession, lawyers who argue
black is white and black again till they are blue and hoarse, who can prove every act lawful,
who give both sides counsel and take gold from left and right . . . Such a man should be his heir.
Wise and serious, with tongue that speaks neither truth nor lies without a fee."

With the aid of his wily servant Mosca, Volpone convinces the wealthy citizens of Venice that he is on his deathbed - prompting them to shower him with gifts in the hope that they will became his sole heir. Buoyed by success, the pair persuade merchant Corvino to offer his beautiful wife to bring Volpone back to health. Meanwhile a trio of English tourists gets involved in his Volpone's schemes and other pranks. How will it all end?

Ben Jonson's rollicking satire has been filling theatres with laughter since 1605. Martin Foreman's adaptation, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, maintains all the elements of Jonson's plot while shortening the script to two hours and updating the language and setting to the nineteenth century. Jonson's jokes that
Volpone by Ben Jonson adapted by Martin Foreman

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ISBN: 978-0-9933546-4-9
stand the test of time are retained, while others are added to keep the laughter coming. The greatest change comes in transforming two leading characters into women. One is Corbaccia, the old lady who disinherits her son to get Volpone's riches. The other is Volpone's servant, Mosca, whose quick thinking saves herself and her master from potential discovery and offers them even greater rewards.

The four-star world premiere of this adaptation of Volpone was in August 2017, directed by the author in his fifth production at the Edinburgh Fringe.

running time: 2h > 2h 15m - interval advised
minimum 12 - doubling of some parts possible
male: Volpone, Voltore, Corvino, Sir Politic Would-Be, Peregrine, Bonario, Notary
female: Mosca, Corbaccia, Lady Would-Be, Celia, maid
either: 3 judges, 3 jesters, crowd, officer

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worldwide: 13.99

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