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
"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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