The Alchemist by Ben Jonson: A Reading

The Alchemist

The Explosion in the Alchemists Laboratory, 17th–18th century, by Justus Gustav van Bentum. CHF Collections, photograph by Will Brown. 

Date: October 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $10
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Gold: everybody wants it and nobody has it, making it easy for a ragtag band of unscrupulous con artists to dupe a town of greedy nitwits. Thus the stage is set for Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist, first performed in 1610 by the King’s Men. This raucous adventure spins a web of deceit that could unravel at any moment, leaving our heroes with more trouble than they can handle.

Running time: approximately 3 hours, including intermission.

The Museum at CHF will be open to visitors starting at 6:00 p.m. CHF’s newest exhibit, The Alchemical Quest, will be on display. CHF’s permanent exhibit, Making Modernity, will also be open for viewing.


 This event is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC). The PAC produces rarely performed classical plays in the Greater Philadelphia area, crafting unique theatrical events that celebrate our humanity. By performing these plays and collaborating with artists from other disciplines, the PAC seeks to encourage the development of a common vocabulary and promote arts awareness in the Philadelphia community.




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