Saturday, 13 October 2012

Timon Of Athens (theatre)

Photo by Johan Persson
Having been absolutely blown away by the National Theatre's broadcast of Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, and then double-booked for Last Of The Haussmans, I am very much looking forward to the November NTLive screening in Eastbourne.

Timon Of Athens by William Shakespeare has been reset to the present day where its themes or wealth, corruption and greed are still very much as relevant as they were last time an Elizabeth was on the throne. The wealthy Timon believes he is a popular man. A patron of the arts and friend to the rich and powerful, he is always surrounded by others, but Timon does not see that they are simply freeloaders, only attracted to his money and not to the man himself. When this money runs out, Timon appeals to his 'friends' to help him, but they turn their backs, leaving him deserted and alone.

Photo by Johan Persson
The National Theatre production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and has been designed by Tim Hatley and Bruno Poet. It stars Simon Russell Beale as Timon and Deborah Findlay as Flavia, with Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Ciaran McMenamin and Nick Sampson. The broadcast has a three hour run time which will include a screened introduction and also a twenty minute intermission. We were surprised last time by the appearance of a sweet trolley at intermission time and also an usher going to get coffees and ice creams.

Cineworld, Thu 1st Nov, 19:00.
Tickets £13.50 (£11.50 concessions) available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person at the Box Office.

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely standout performance by Simon Russell Beale. He dominated the stage throughout particularly in the second act when Timon has lost everything including, it appears, his mind. Another wonderful production from NTlive. The contemprary dress and setting did not clash with the Shakespearian language - we had been concerned it would seem odd - and we loved the fully laden dinner table.