“Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. Surely it can’t last?
When the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved”.
Following his acclaimed productions of ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘Hamlet’, Simon Godwin returns to the RSC to direct Williams Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’, a sharp satire on wealth, greed and betrayal.
Kathryn Hunter returns to the RSC for the first time since since being part of the 2010-2012 ensemble, in which she played Juliet in Ben Power’s ‘A Tender Thing’, Cleopatra in Michael Boyd’s production of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, the Fool in ‘King Lear’, and Gavrilo in ‘The Grain Store’. Her many other stage credits include: Bernada Alba in ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ at the Royal Exchange; ‘The Emperor’ at the Young Vic; Cyrano in ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Southwark Playhouse and Red Peter in ‘Kafka’s Monkey’ at the Young Vic and in New York. Hr film credits include Puck in Julie Taymor’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and Mrs Arabella Fig in Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix, with her television credits including NCS: Manhunt and Silent Witness.
The cast will also feature Salman Akhtar (Lucillius), Sagar I M Arya (Painter), James Clyde (Sempronius), Anton Cross (Caphis), Ralph Davis (Poet), Ross Green (Merchant/Varro’s Servant), Zainab Hasan (Jeweller), Debbie Korley (Alcibiades), Rosy McEwen (Flaminius) Sam Pay (Ventidius), Riad L Richie (Servilius), Vivienne Smith (Isadore’s Servant), David Sturzaker (Lucullus) and Edmund Wiseman (Demetrius).
Simon Godwin has most recently directing the National Theatre’s production of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, with previous credits including ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Sunset at the Villa Thalia’, ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’, ‘Man and Superman’ and ‘Strange Interlude’ for the National Theatre, and ‘The Cherry Orchard’ on Broadway.
Also on the creative team are Soutra Gilmour (design), Tim Lutkin (lighting design), Michael Bruce (music), Christopher Shutt (sound) and Jonathan Goddard (movement).
“Poignant, funny and bitter, this is a rare chance to see Shakespeare’s most modern creation: a story of how the world moves from privilege to poverty with heart-breaking speed”.
Questioning the values and credit culture we inhabit in 2018, this dark satire forces us to ask where happiness really lies.
“In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value?”
‘Timon of Athens’ will run at the RSC’s Swan Theatre from 7th December 2018 to 22 February 2019, with an official opening night on 13th December.