National’s The Alchemist — with Beale and Jennings — Begins Performances Sept. 8 | Playbill

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News National’s The Alchemist — with Beale and Jennings — Begins Performances Sept. 8 Simon Russell-Beale and Alex Jennings begin preview performances on Sept. 8 in the Royal National Theatre revival of Ben Jonson’s Jacobean comedy The Alchemist.
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Simon Russell-Beale Photo by Aubrey Reuben

This is the first time the award-winning actors have appeared together. The production, helmed by the National's Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, officially opens Sept. 14. Jonson’s play is set in a merchant’s house where the trio of Face (Beale), Subtle (Jennings) and Doll Common (Lesley Manville) cheat the lovelorn and the greedy with promises of love and limitless gold.

Beale is making a huge contribution to the National’s current season. As The Alchemist opens at the Olivier theatre, Beale continues in the title role of Howard Davies’ production of Brecht’s The Life of Galileo, which runs in repertoire on the same stage.

Jennings’ long list of National credits include such diverse roles as George Bush in David Hare’s Stuff Happens and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Lesley Manville was last seen at the National in Pillars of the Community and His Dark Materials.

Design is by Mark Thompson.

For more on The Alchemist, which is booking until Nov. 21, call (0)20 7452 3000.

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