Ends Feb 09 | Brooklyn

Timon of Athens

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Great music

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 (6)


Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Great music
Avg Score

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.

During previews
Rare, Interesting music, Handsome, Allegorical, Schematic

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.

Also I am deeply grateful for the chance to see this rarely performed Shake... Read more Read less

During previews
This is not in 1st or even 2nd rank of shakespeare's plays, but this is 1st rate production of timon's tale of corrosiveness of greed

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

Also Tho there is sometimes an issue in having women actors play male roles... Read more Read less

During previews
Very stylized, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

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.

During previews
Warns us against extremes, Amazing lady timon, Original score, Solid production, Rarely performed dirge for humanity

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.

Also I 1st read the play, as I'd never studied or seen this rarely performe... Read more Read less

During previews
Good acting, Great music, Great staging, Slow, Great design

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

Also I had never seen nor read Timon of Athens before, and while I was enga... Read more Read less

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 20th, 2020
3/5 Stars. "An opportunity to experience Timon of Athens in a smartly revised version that's staged and performed with unusual distinction. It's worth the trip to Brooklyn."
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January 20th, 2020
4/5 Stars. "Shakespeare's rarely produced tale of a big-hearted spendthrift gets a powerful production with a first-rate female Timon."
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