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Timon of Athens gets its NT Live today, so it will be broadcast live from the National Theatre into cinemas across the UK and around the world. As per usual, I will be at the Brixton Ritzy to see this.
Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:
Timon of Athens
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Nick Hytner
Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.
Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens showers gifts and hospitality on the city’s elite. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.
When he calls upon his erstwhile 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 ever more surreal curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.
The trailer is here:
For full production details follow the links:
The NT Live website, where you can find out more information about the production and also find your nearest cinema showing NT Live, is here:
I have seen this live at the National Theatre and the production is amazing. Shakespeare set in contemporary London and featuring the Occupy Movement! Highly recommended. Must see!