In Simon Godwin's staging of Shakespeare's tragedy, the role of is Timon re-gendered as female and played by Olivier Award winner Kathryn Hunter. More…
From the show:
Kathryn Hunter, the internationally recognized Olivier Award winner, plays the role of Timon re-gendered as female. Celebrated as “astonishing,” her performance was first seen in a 2018 production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Simon Godwin. Ms. Hunter, memorable as Puck in TFANA’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Julie Taymor, has also been acclaimed as King Lear, Juliet, Cleopatra, and Richard III.
Timon of Athens is a play for our times. Hilarious, satiric, and deeply moving, the play explores ingratitude, wealth, and what determines self-worth. Timon lives in a world of opulence, throwing wild parties and lavishing gifts on her friends. But, when Timon suddenly loses her fortune, almost everyone abandons her. Timon retreats to a forest, exchanging luxurious gowns for sackcloth, in a powerful journey of self-discovery.
Timon of Athens is a co-production of Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
See it if you're a WS completist. Lavish, polished prodn w/lg cast, gr costumes, live band, Creative staging; edited/supplemented. Strg acting.
Don't see it if you need to hear well. Hunter's fascinating, but mumbles/races thru speeches. Br lights orch sides. WS's script changed. Unful'ed potential.
See it if If you like untraditional Shakespeare. Great set and for the most part very good acting.
Don't see it if Hunter tended to mumble and not easily heard. Lines went on as did speeches. A so - so production.
See it if Want to see rarely- produced Shakespeare play, see main character portrayed as a woman , enjoy themes of greed, friendship & betrayal
Don't see it if Don’t like Shakespeare & trouble with his language, don’t like His “problem plays,” curious about play he co-wrote with Middleton, static
See it if interested in seeing a lesser known & performed work by Shakespeare; Kathryn Hunter is terrific and enjoys playing with the audience
Don't see it if poor acoustics, cannot hear actors when they are not directly facing you; missed much of Hunter's words making it difficult to stay involved
See it if you’ve never seen Timon of Athens and need to check it off your list. This is a professional production with several great actors.
Don't see it if Verbally, this is full of vitriol & despair…but the show still felt emotionally distant, staged. It only occasionally came to life for me.
See it if to see a rarely performed semi-Shakespeare play (not all of it written by him); satire on wealth and buying friendships; Hunter wonderful
Don't see it if slow first act (despite the glitz and humor, which gets tiring), 2nd act darker; not a great Shakespeare play; some dialogue hard to hear
See it if Masterful. Great Acting, staging. First rate. Modern Shakespeare at its finest.
Don't see it if You want nothing to do with Shakespeare.
See it if you love Kathryn Hunter and whatever she does. She is the show and not bad at that. The extremes are just that but it is true to the play
Don't see it if you are looking for a more classical interpretation of one of Shakespeare's lesser plays. acting is good; staging interesting;theme timeless
See it if you love to see new ways Shakespeare is presented. the staging was enchanting. Loved seeing female Timon.
Don't see it if you are not a curious theater goer. The acting was strong but often difficult to hear.
See it if you forgot Shakespeare wrote this one 'cause this production may push it into your top ten. Ah, such is the power of actor Kathryn Hunter.
Don't see it if you don't own a time travel machine. In other words, you can't see it. It closed. But you should have seen it.
Also Memorable Quote: "Every man has his fault, and honesty is his."
See it if To see Kathryn Hunter , an outstanding actress although miscast and a fine production well directed. Doesn't succeed for me genderwise.
Don't see it if If one wants traditional Shakespeare.
See it if You want to see some great staging and some great acting by Kathryn Hunter
Don't see it if You don't like twists being done to the Bard's work. Have trouble hearing.
Also As others have said..this was just a so so production overall
See it if You want to see women playing Shakespearean male leads. I did not think KH made a great Timon, although I think I am in the minority.
Don't see it if You have preconceived ideas about the play. This Timon felt shallow, without tragedy or pathos. Beginning was very slow
See it if Thoughtful, intelligent, brilliant staging/direction/acting is enough to make up for the fact that this is not a great play
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare; you want the classic, poetic, soul-shaking Shakespeare plays
See it if u want 2 c a rarely shown piece by the Bard & Middleton, reinvented & performed brilliantly by Hunter and a terrific cast.
Don't see it if Don't want to see the above in an outstanding showy production
See it if an ambitious attempt to resuscitate a difficult and messy rare play (so a boon for Shakespeare completists); great Hunter; beautiful design
Don't see it if want more Shakespeare than Middleton
See it if you want Shakespeare with master actors, sets, staging, and costumes in a play that comments about money and human nature. Relatable.
Don't see it if You want a fast one as this plays out slowly and takes time via language to flesh out the basic premise in each scene. It’s fun and funny.
See it if Excellent staging of one of Shakespeare's lesser done plays. Kathryn Hunter proves again she is a great actor of her generation.Great energy
Don't see it if ..If you don't like Shakespeare. You must listen carefully although this production is pretty clear.
Also Terrific performances and live music.
See it if You want to see a quality production of a lesser-known Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You don't like classic theater, are one of those wealthy people who think they should be honored every fucking day
See it if you think you must see Timon because you have never seen it (because it is rarely staged), OR you love Kathryn Hunter
Don't see it if you fall asleep easily at endless speeches that are not the bard's best, or expect a bit of suspense even in morality plays.
See it if You love Shakespeare's language, have the time to familiarize yourself with the play beforehand, and like creative re-imagining of his plays
Don't see it if you dislike being blinded by opposing lights on thrust stage, showy gestures to shock, extensive editing, cutting, re-sorting of script