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[Perspectives] No faith in physic

Ben Jonson’s description of William Shakespeare: “not of an age but for all time” might equally apply to Volpone, his best-known play. Since its first performance in the early 17th century, the story of the devious Venetian anti-hero playing on the avarice of others has been relocated to diverse settings including the gold-rush era Yukon (Foxy, a 1964 musical) and 19th-century San Francisco (Sly Fox, 1976). The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production is informed by the continuing aftershocks of the 2008 global financial crisis.