Corruption and crookery!

The Belgrade Theatre is beating the winter blues with a fresh adaptation of classic comedy The Alchemist, which updates the corruption and crookery from 17th-Century London to modern day Coventry.

Running from Saturday (February 1) to Saturday, February 22, The Alchemist tells the story of a trio of undesirable criminals and con artists who prey on the weaknesses of local citizens by offering a range of alternative services, from the secret of eternal youth, to that recipe of recipes which will turn a tin can into gold.

Masters of the ludicrous disguise, the team of shameless scammers find their multiple deceptions spiralling out of control, until they receive some alarming news.

This new adaptation will be directed by Paul Burbridge from Riding Lights Theatre Company, which is is co-producing the show. He said: “In contrast to many other plays from the Shakespearian age, there’s a specific urban reality to The Alchemist which takes a little adjusting to make it feel modern.

“The ‘now’ factor of the play is intensified by a sense of the local ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ – with everyone enjoying the jokes and the references to pubs, streets and businesses which they might have been in only yesterday.”

The cast includes Barrett Robertson. Originally from Birmingham, he has also appeared at the Belgrade in poetry in performance show Being Human.

Joining them is Sarah Jane Lee who, in addition to appearing in numerous theatre productions around the country, is also Associate Practitioner/Storyteller for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford; and Kolade Agboke, who featured in Danny Boyle’s film Millions, alongside James Nesbitt. Completing the cast is Tom Peters, Zannah Hodson, Andrew Harrison, and Alan Francis.

Tickets are available now from the Belgrade’s Box Office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £8.75 to £20.75 or via www.belgrade.co.uk.