NT Live: Timon of Athens
From the National Theatre's third season of live recordings direct from the London stage, this is Shakespeare's obscure tragedy Timon of Athens. Screenings are limited.
"Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in this strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well. When he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens." (National Theatre)