'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
Timon of Athens
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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