Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson

Playwright


Biography


Benjamin (Ben) Jonson was an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic, who popularized the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Fox (c. 1605), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614).

There are many legends about Jonson's rivalry with Shakespeare, some of which may be true but none have been proved.


Shows by Ben Jonson

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Synopsis

It is seventeenth-century London and the capital has been hit by an outbreak of the plague. Wealthy resident, Lovewit, flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler, Jeremy . No sooner has his... read more

Ben Jonson’s experimental and controversial Jacobean comedy takes place at Bartholomew Fair--a popular retreat for Londoners that opened annually for four days each summer from the 12th to the 19th century. The fair attracted... read more

Volpone, childless and rich, and his servant, the parasitic, Mosca, play a cunning and farcical game of deceit with three ‘friends’ who are each determined to become Volpone's sole heir. Volpone decides to feign a fatal illne... read more

Overview

Nationality
English
Born
6/11/1572
Died
8/6/1637
Show Categories
Play
Genres
Comedy, Farce, Satire, Drama