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The Alchemist


The Cornish Theatre Collective and James Seabright present

The Alchemist

Directed by Dominic Knutton

Another chance to see this stylish adaptation of Paulo Coelho's best-selling novel in an enchanting and magical production first seen by a packed house at The Plough two years ago. It has since delighted audiences around the country as well as playing two sell-out London seasons. The story of a shepherd boy's quest for his dream has captured the imagination of readers around the world, with almost thirty million copies sold. Santiago's journey through the colourful bazaars of Tangiers and the Egyptian desert is brought to life in this premiere English language staging of the tale, which features an original score played live, and stunning aerial puppetry.

A genuinely transporting experience of theatrical alchemy, conjuring musky Tangiers, caravans, camels, fighting hawks, oases and Pyramids. A delightful, unexpected treat - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

A bold and inventive adaptation. An ingenious, fluid production recreates Coelho's primitive world with startling vividness. Riveting and often funny. Recommended. - Time Out