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Critics heap praise on Robert Icke’s “fresh, sharp and very funny” The Alchemist

21st September 2012 The Alchemist - Nicholas Tennant (Face) & Ian Bartholomew (Subtle)

The première of Robert Icke’s revival of Ben Johnson’s classic tale of greed and lust, The Alchemist, has the critics proclaiming it “comic gold”.

“a farcical romp”, “visually stunning” The Guardian

“Icke is clearly fizzing with ideas”, “An aria of greed played to perfection” The Telegraph

“fast and furious” Liverpool Echo 8/10

"undeniably modern ... Jonson's script is revitalised" Liverpool Post Star 4

The Alchemist - Nicholas Tennant (Face), Hasan Dixon (Kastril), Kristian Phillips (Drugger) & Joshua Higgott (Dapper) (c) Tristram Kenton

“The Alchemist is simply very amusing, very impressive and very entertaining ... a theatrical treat” Seven Streets

"Jonson’s brilliant conceit and Robert Icke’s cunning direction do the trick - at the start of a tumultuous Autumn, the Playhouse Season has come roaring in like a lion" What’s On Stage Star 4

"laugh-out-loud ... tour de force", “You will have to go and watch it!" Click Liverpool 8/10

"gutsy, original, funny and brave” Made Up: On Stage in Liverpool “lots of laugh out loud moments, a few shocks that made me jump out of my seat and clever, witty dialogue that kept us very well entertained” Liverpool Live

The Alchemist Simon Coates (Sir Epicure Mommon) & Nicolas Tennant (Face) (c) Tristram Kenton

"The energy of this production is incredible", "Give the 17th century a try, you may be surprised!" The Public Reviews Star 4.5

“bold, brave and brilliant opening to the new season ... pure gold” Liverpool Student Media Star 5

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