Timon of Athens
About Timon of Athens
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.
Simon Godwin “combines a contemporary eye with a fastidious ear for Shakespeare’s language” (The Guardian). He previously staged Measure for Measure at TFANA and now re-imagines his animated and vibrant production of Timon of Athens with an American company led by Kathryn Hunter. Mr. Godwin recently directed Antony and Cleopatra and Twelfth Night (National Theatre), and just succeeded Michael Kahn as artistic director of Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
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.