Two Venetians - one fictional, one historical; one comic, one serious; a famous trickster and a famous lover - will be brought to life by Arbery Productions for three-week runs in August 2018 at the Edinburgh Fringe.
He's dying to get rich . . .
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 Volpone's schemes and other pranks. How will it all end?
Martin Foreman's adaptation of Ben Jonson's rollicking satire 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 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.
First presented in a one-week, four-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, the production is being enhanced and reprised for a three-week run in the early evening in Paradise Sanctuary on George IV Bridge in the heart of the Old Town.
The greatest master of all is passion . . . Asleep in bed with his first true love, nineteen-year old Giacomo Casanova is visited by an old man who shows him his future - but is what he sees a promise or a warning?
In this one-act play, a Fringe First, Martin Foreman reveals the life of the famous libertine - a life more complex and varied than legend relates. Following Now We Are Pope and Tadzio Speaks . . ., Casanova Dreaming continues Martin's exploration of themes of love, loss and death that focus on the city of Venice. Adult themes.
This production will run for three weeks in the early afternoon in the intimate theatre of theSpace on Niddry Street, just off the Royal Mile.
Arbery Productions last appeared there with the four-star run of J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown in 2016.
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All Edinburgh Theatre
Playscript of the new adaptation
of the classic comedy, with
Mosca and Corbaccia now women
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