Royal Shakespeare Company - Theatrical screening
In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved.
Featuring a “searing central performance” (The Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.
The story of Shakespeare’s sharp satire on wealth, greed and betrayal, which was probably written around 1605–1606.
Timon is a rich Athenian, famous for her wealth and generosity. As the play opens a group of people is gathering outside Timon's house, waiting to offer her flattering gifts or beg favours.
Timon appears and shows her generosity, paying a friend's debts to free her from prison and giving money to a servant to allow him to marry.
Only the cynical philosopher Apemantus has doubts about how much Timon's friends really care about her.