The Hackney Volpone, or The Fox by Ben Jonson
Directed by Anna Jones
NYLon Projects in collaboration with The Mill Co. Project retell a classic comedy about obsessive greed and a hoax which threatens to spin out of control. Across one day, three years of deception finally catch up with nobleman Volpone and his faithful servant Mosca, leading to a series of ever more unfortunate events.
First performed in 1605, Ben Jonson’s play is as relevant as it was then with its central theme of how greed and desire still drive us to utter stupidity, selfishness and sin. NYLon Projects’ bold and irreverent production uses a new cut and involved a supporting cast of local people, helping to make the play accessible and immersive to London in 2014.
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Sat Matinee 2.30pm
BONARIO/LADY WOULD-BE: Tom Canton (Arcola Theatre, Abbey Theatre Dublin, Death Comes to Pemberley)
MOSCA: Babou Ceesay (The National Theatre, Lewis, Half of a Yellow Sun)
VOLTORE/NANO: Karina Fernandez (The National Theatre, Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky and Another Year)
CELIA/CORBACCIO: Amara Karan (RSC, Simon Pegg’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Ltd)
CORVINO/PEREGRINE: Simon Rhodes (The Spectators’ Guild, Leicester Square Theatre)
VOLPONE: Jamel Rodriguez (Roundhouse, Southwark Playhouse, Law and Order, US).
The ensemble cast of seven local people from Hackney are playing a variety of roles, from courtroom officials to household entertainers.
The ensemble cast comprises of film historian Stephen Hart, ex-offender support worker Alison Kakande, artist and Arcola 60+ regular Brian Innes, performing arts student and De Beauvoir resident Keon Martial-Phillip, Hackney Empire employee Melissa Bethune, Hackney newcomer direct from Venice Roberta Pierfederici and Carol Rowley who has lived in De Beauvoir for 53 years.
Designer: James Turner (winner of the Best Set Design at the 2013 Off-West End Awards for ‘Mercury Fur’)
Composer/Pianist: Elspeth Brooke (former composer-in-residence at The Royal Opera House)
Director: Anna Jones (Roundhouse, Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic)
Supported by the Arts Council and The Mill Co. Project.