National Theatre: Timon of Athens

presented by: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Starts:Thursday, December 27, 2012  7:00 PMEnds:Thursday, December 27, 2012  9:45 PM
Cost:

Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students, available at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport, or by phone at 541-265-2787. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performance times.

Location:

Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens," the next event in the 2012-2013 National Theatre London Live in HD season at the Newport Performing Arts Center.  The event is hosted anonymously in honor of Edward van Aelstyn. 

Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare's strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.

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.

Simon Russell Beale has been described by the Independent as 'the greatest stage actor of his generation.' His recent work for the National Theatre includes London Assurance, Much Ado About Nothing and Collaborators, John Hodge's Olivier Award-nominated new play in which he portrayed Stalin.

National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 165,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries.  

"We couldn't have foreseen that the experimental National Theatre Live season would be such a hit with audiences around the world, who are hungry to see our work in their local cinema," says Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre. "We're delighted that we can confidently build on its success with a second season of broadcasts."

National Theatre Live is distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience.

The events are sponsored locally by the Jeannette B. Hofer Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Newport, with the support of OCCA members.

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