Timon Of Athens (12A)
Simon Russell Beale takes the lead role in this new production of Shakespeare's tale of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin. Wealthy and generous to a fault, Athenian gentleman Timon is a bon viveur, a patron of the arts and a personal friend of the rich and powerful. He throws great banquets, supports struggling artists and cares deeply about the welfare of his servants. Naturally, this attracts a retinue of sycophants and freeloaders. But such is Timon's extravagant munificence that it's not long before his coffers are empty. Reassuring his loyal steward that all will be well, he appeals to his former associates for help. But each in turn rejects him. Left hanging out to dry, Timon organises a final vengeful banquet before withdrawing to a literal and emotional wasteland. NT Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner's eagerly anticipated production casts Simon Russell Beale - "the greatest stage actor of his generation" (The Independent) - in the title role.
1st November 2012
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