Upcoming Events: NT Live – Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens, NT Live1st November 2012, 7pm
Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts

In the latest live broadcast via satellite from the National Theatre in London, Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens will be brought to life at Guernsey’s Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.

Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays, originally included in his tragedies but also seen as one of his ‘problem plays’. The play has widely been considered as a collaboration with the playwright Thomas Middleton.

In this production, Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in this strange tale of consumption, debt and ruin.

Timon of Athens is a wealthy and generous Athenian, surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. Timon gives away his money irresponsibly, becoming a patron of the arts and a host to the elite of Athenian society. The plot of the play follows Timon as he wastes his resources and assets, becoming bankrupt in the process. When Timon calls in his debts and asks his friends and associates for help, he is left out in the cold. After a vengeful banquet, Timon retreats to a wilderness beyond the city walls, cursing those who took from him and then refused to help in his hour of need.

“A fable about the toxic nature of a ruthlessly commercialised world.”

– The Guardian

“Bold, incisive revival … an urgent play for today.”

– Daily Telegraph

Tickets are available for £15.00 (£13.00 for students). The screening will last three hours, including a host introduction and a 20 minute interval.

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