Timon of Athens

Simon Russell Beale dominated this NTL production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser know plays. Even the director describes it as uneven and a bit of a mess, with all the action in the first half. But this modern dress production was gripping from start to finish. Watching Timon lavishing gifts on his friends in the first half, you know that things are not going to end well for him: the appearance of the broken and bitter bum in the second is not surprising. Once again, Shakespeare is revealed as a writer for all times, as the theme of unbridled greed has many parallels in our modern financial crises. 

I would have preferred to see it live, but it was definitely worth the drive to KW.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Timon of Athens

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This is a strange play, and I was amazed when Peter Donaldson made it involving for me some years ago.
    This version is amazingly current and Beale does a great job. It is still a one-act play with a long epilogue after the intermission, but Beale’s performance still commands your attention for the second half.

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