John Cummins: The Alchemist Press Night (RSC)

Date - 14 September, 2016, All News Opening Nights Press Nights Theatre
John Cummins | Sainou Talent Agency London

It’s Press night for The RSC’s London transfer of The Alchemist with Sainou’s John Cummins as Ananias.

When London is hit by an outbreak of the plague, the wealthy Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler, Jeremy. But no sooner has his master left than Jeremy begins turning the house into a den of criminal activity. Assuming an alias, he recruits fellow conman Subtle and prostitute Doll Common to help him and sets out to rip-off half of London.

Soon every knock at the front door is another unwitting victim begging to be relieved of their cash. Things couldn’t be going better for the gleeful trio until they receive a very unwelcome visitor.

Polly Findlay (The Merchant of Venice 2015 and Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Jonson’s hilarious satire that revels in just how vain we humans can be.

Following a successful run at the RSC’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Alchemist will run at London’s Barbican for a limited season until 1 October 2016.


John Cummins trained at RADA.

He is an accomplished stage actor who has performed in several seasons at Shakespeare's Globe, The National Theatre and The Bush. His credits include: Hyde Villiers in The Whip, Philip of France in King John, Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII, Simpkin/Parrot in Anne Boleyn, Tim Muffin in Eigengrau and Gavy in Stuart: A Life Backwards.

His television credits include: The Witcher, Doctor Who, 24: Live Another Day, The Hour, Holby City and EastEnders.

John features in the Film 4 feature directed by Sarah Gavron, Suffragette.

He played Levin in the Manchester Royal Exchange production of Anna Karenina.

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