“Good morning to the day; and next, my gold: Open the shrine, that I may see my saint.”
Meet Volpone, con extraordinaire, a cheat, a deceiver, a consummate actor, a wiry old fox and yet … ultimately, the biggest gull of all!
Volpone is a rich and idle Venetian with one passion: his gold, two talents: deception and acting, and one favourite amusement: exposing the hypocrisy and greed of his fellowmen. With the indefatigable help of his servant Mosca, he pretends to be at death’s door in order to cozen the greedy parasites who gather around his deathbed in the hope to inherit his fortune. But the scavengers should beware the wily old fox… who in turn should beware Mosca the Fly!
Ben Jonson’s exuberant satire of human greed is a feast of language and a triumphant ode to the art of acting and the misguided lure of riches. Will your sympathies lie with the deceiver – or will they lie with the parasite? Watch treachery rewarded, before poetic justice engulfs both knaves and dupes.
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