at the Ansty Commandery
If audiences are allowed back into theatres this summer , the Commandery Players are going to perform Ben Jonson’s comedy, “Volpone” at the Ansty Commandery from Wednesday August 18th to Saturday August 21st.
Originally written in 1606, the play is a satire on greed and lust. Set in Venice, it centres around the main character, Volpone, (the Italian for fox) who is already wealthy but craves more money and has a cunning plan to get it – he is going to pretend to be near death, knowing that several greedy people will give him valuable gifts in the hope that they will be sole heir to his fortune when he dies. Needless to say, it does not go according to plan but along the way Jonson takes a comic side-swipe at disreputable lawyers, misogynistic husbands and old men trying to retain their youth. Some things never change even after 400 years!
As in previous years, the lawn outside the Commandery will be available for picnics with a bar selling beer, wine and soft drinks. Let’s hope social distancing has finished by August and we can go back to enjoying classic plays in a beautiful setting. Tickets will be £10 and available from the Post Office nearer the time.