Timon of Athens
The character of Timon is an unusual tragic protagonist. There are shades of King Lear in the character as well as Iago from Othello. Since Timon of Athens is so seldom produced, actors tend to jump at the opportunity to play the title role. From Richard Thomas to Simon Russell Beale to Anthony Heald, some of the world’s most celebrated artists share their views on the play and the very challenging role of Timon.
Because it’s not performed all that often, chances are you’ve never seen a production of Timon of Athens. You may not have even known it is one of Shakespeare’s plays. Don’t worry. You’re in the same boat as a lot of other people. And we’re here to help give you some of the inside scoop on this rarity from Shakespeare’s canon.