Timon of Athens - Stratford-upon-Avon
Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6BB.
1/1: Timon of Athens runs from 7th December 2018 -to 22nd Feb 2019
- Simon Godwin returns to direct following his production of Hamlet in 2016
- Shakespeare’s sharp satire on wealth, greed and betrayal.
- Kathryn Hunter plays the title role
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Shakespeare’s tragedy is rarely performed so don’t miss out on your chance to see the RSC’s latest production at Stratford in 2018/19.
About Timon of Athens
Simon Godwin directs Kathryn Hunter as Timon in Shakespeare’s sharp satire on wealth, greed and betrayal. Simon Godwin returns to Stratford following a successful production of Hamlet in 2016. This followed his debut at the RSC, directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He also directed Richard II at the Globe in London. Kathryn Hunter trained at RADA and is noted for her physical performances, specialising in taking on roles written for male actors. She has previously portrayed Richard III, King Lear and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Also known as The Life of Tymon of Athens, the play follows the fortunes of the title character, a prominent citizen of Athens whose generosity is exploited by a group of false friends; a story of how the world moves from privilege to poverty with heart-breaking speed.
History of Timon of Athens
One of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, Timon of Athens was written in 1605 or 1606 but probably wasn’t performed until much later. Shakespeare’s text was adapted by other writers but the earliest known performance of the original play didn’t take place until 1761. One of the most notable productions was Gregory Doran’s 1999 version, the first time the play had been performed in Stratford in 30 years. The production starred Michael Pennington and featured music by world-famous jazz musician Duke Ellington. In July 2012 the British National Theatre produced a version of the play, directed by Nicholas Hytner and set in modern dress. In 1981, Timon of Athens was produced as part of the BBC Television Shakespeare series with Jonathan Pryce in the title role.
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