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Theatre

Trevor Nunn’s Volpone reviewed: Henry Goodman bewitches the audience by doing nothing wittily

Plus: Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier square up to each other at Southwark Playhouse in a play that is almost a triumph

18 July 2015

9:00 AM

18 July 2015

9:00 AM

Volpone

Swan Theatre, Stratford, in rep until 12 September

Orson’s Shadow

Southwark Playhouse, until 25 July

Easy playwright to get on with, Ben Jonson. His world is simple, his tastes endearing. He likes golden-hearted swindlers and unscrupulous servants who outwit their bungling masters. Volpone, the ‘sly fox’ played by Henry Goodman, is a rich Venice merchant without a family who persuades three wealthy rivals that they stand a chance of inheriting his estate.

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