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.