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Timon of Athens

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Absorbing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (31)


Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Absorbing
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Indecipherable words, Glaring lights, Well staged, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Great staging, Banal, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing

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.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

Interesting, Poor acoustics, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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

Some great music and singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Also The only Shakespeare play that comprehensively deals with money’s link... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Kathryn Hunter

Don't see it if You prefer traditional Shakespeare

Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging

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

Funny, Unrealized

See it if you'd like to see this rarely produced text and a terrific Kathryn Hunter performance.

Don't see it if you typically find Shakespeare difficult.

Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent, Exquisite

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.

Smart, Great acting, Relevant, Surprising, Absorbing

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."

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Disappointing, Resonant, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

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

Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Overrated

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

Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

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

Ambitions fully reached, Great acting, Enchanting

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

Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

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

Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

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.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

Pretentious, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like a Shakespeare play with a gender bending color blind cast

Don't see it if You prefer the more traditional version of the play

Funny, Relevant, Clever, Untidy, Ambitious

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

Also TIMON OF ATHENS is a tough play - it's co-written by two writers with ... Read more Read less

Uneven, Overrated, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

Also Having Timon be 'Lady Timon' takes you only so far. There's a reason t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

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

Also Hunter's interpretation is gripping, but the combination of fast deliv... Read more Read less

Edgy, Exquisite, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are willing to watch something that takes risks and fails

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist

January 19th, 2020
"Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover: Kathryn Hunter stars as the fabulously rich Greek who understands the corrupting value of money only after she loses it."
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January 19th, 2020
"A 'Timon of Athens' for the Age of Peter Thiel"
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January 21st, 2020
"Contemplating Two Philosophical Extremes in Timon of Athens: Kathryn Hunter stars in Simon Godwin's new production of a lesser-known Shakespeare play at Theatre for a New Audience."
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January 22nd, 2020
"The world of 'Timon of Athens' is one of false glitter -- illusory wealth, faithless friends, and social status that evaporates overnight -- but, at TFANA, the play has a solid-gold centerpiece named Kathryn Hunter."
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