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 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 are a Shakespearean & have never or rarely seen this rarely performed (perhaps unfinished) play: This is a very creditable production.
Don't see it if you’re expecting great Shakespeare: Despite nice bits “Timon” is schematic; few characters feel as alive as those in the Bard’s great plays.
See it if creative set/choreo/music; commanding Kathryn Hunter/Timon; resonant allusions 2 today's income inequality; Shake's incomparable writing
Don't see it if little depth or subtlety; after convincing farce turns into unconvincing tragedy; secondary characters don't register
See it if The staging, costumes and acting are terrific in Not one of Shakespeare's best comedic tragedies.
Don't see it if you find Shakespeare's English to difficult to follow, this play can get confusing.
Also Having Timon portrayed by a woman, adds nothing new to the play.
See it if you'd enjoy rarely performed WS, w/ fabulous Kathryn Hunter as (Lady) Timon, great Michael Bruce score & Arnie Burton as Apemantus.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the play, dislike WS or poetry, or mind an edited script, w scenes overlapped, speeches moved, & genders changed.
See it if You'd like the opportunity to see Timon of Athens, as it's not produced often.
Don't see it if You're looking for a production that will blow you away. While the design elements were great, the interpretation could've been more layered