Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written with Thomas Middleton and screened live from London. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, ostentatious host Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He outspends his resources but, when he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.
Described by the Independent as ‘the greatest stage actor of his
generation’ Simon Russell Beale’s recent work for the National Theatre
includes Much Ado About Nothing and Collaborators, John Hodge’s
Olivier Award-nominated new play in which he portrayed Stalin.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Running time: approx 3 hours including 20-minute interval