NT Live: Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
Starts: Nov 1 2012 - 2:00pm
Ends: Nov 1 2012 - 10:00pm
Rockland, ME 04841
Live Broadcast at 2pm; Rebroadcast at 7pm
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 is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.
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.