Trevor Nunn returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to direct Henry Goodman in Ben Johnson’s great satirical comedy Volpone.
Volpone is a very rich man. But he worships gold, he understands greed, and he wants to get even richer. He knows that the bankers and lawyers and businessmen in the city around him will stop at nothing to make money… more and more money – and he wants a slice.
Henry Goodman returns to the RSC having last been with the company in 2003 with Richard III.
He last collaborated with Trevor Nunn, the RSC’s founding artistic director, on the award-winning productions of The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk at the National Theatre in 1999.
His recent theatre credits include Yes Prime Minister (Chichester/West End); The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre) and as the eponymous Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester/West End).
Joining him in this contemporary production of Jonson’s money obsessed society is Orion Lee (Stage and screen credits include Enron, Skyfall, Fury & Critical) as Volpone’s servant Mosca.
The full cast includes: Andy Apollo, Sheila Atim, Ankur Bahl, Guy Burgess, Geoffrey Freshwater, Henry Goodman, Marcus Griffiths, Rhiannon Handy, Simon Hedger, Julian Hoult, Matthew Kelly, Jonathan Key, Orion Lee, Annette McLaughlin, Steven Pacey, Miles Richardson, Richard Rees, Colin Ryan, Nav Sidhu and Gabby Wong.
Volpone runs in the Swan Theatre from July 3-September 12.