Timon of Athens

Venue: 
Olivier Theatre, National
Location: 
West End

Cast includes Simon Russell Beale Fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens showers gifts and hospitality on the city's elite. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well. When he calls upon his erstwhile associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring ever more surreal curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

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By: 
William Shakespeare & Thomas Middleton
Director: 
Nicholas Hytner
Timon of Athens Schedule
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 10 July, 2012
Closes: 
Thursday, 1 November, 2012
Address:
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:
Waterloo

Our Review

'Timon of Athens' is hardly top of the list of 'must produce' plays and so is rarely seen on stage. The last time I saw it was back in 2008 at the Globe. Assumed to be written by Shakespeare along with his contemporary, Thomas Middleton, the play has some anomalies and irritations, and some scholars have suggested that it is an unfinished work which may never have been produced in Shakespeare'... Read more

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