National Theatre Live:
Timon of Athens
In collaboration with the British Embassy & the British Council in Athens
Live transmission from the National Theatre – London
With Greek subtitles
Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.
Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well. When he calls upon his 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 curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.
Simon Russell Beale
DIRECTOR Nicholas Hytner
DESIGNER Tim Hatley
LIGHTING DESIGNER Bruno Poet
“A fable about the toxic nature of a ruthlessly commercialised world.” Guardian
“A lacerating parable for our troubled times. A characteristically terrific performance from Simon Russell Beale.” Evening Standard