William Shakespeare – Thomas Middleton: TIMON OF ATHENS

National Theatre of Greece
November 30 18:30 - Main HallTickets
 2h 20’ with intermission

Timandra: Argyro Ananiadou
Timon: Vassilis Andreou
Lucullus, Lord, Senator: Giorgos Dambasis
Jeweller, Lucius, Lord, Senator: Ieronymos Kaletsanos
Sempronius, Cupid, Senator, Painter: Nikos Kardonis
Flaminius, Lucilius: Stathis Koikas
Servant, Ventidius: Fotis Koutrouvidis
Servant, Officer: Anastasis-Simeon Laoulakos
Caphis: Phevos Markianos
Apemantus: Dimitris Papanikolaou
Flavius: Maria Savvidou
Alcibiades: Christos Sougaris
Servilius: Manos Stefanakis
Poet, Lord, Senator: Aris Troupakis
Phrynia: Antigone Fryda

Set- and costume design: Eleni Manolopoulou
Music: Lysandros Fallireas
Light design: Alekos Anastasiou
Music coach: Melina Peonidou
Dramaturgy: Eri Kyrgia

Timon, lord and later a misanthrope of the city of Athens in the 5th century BC, lives far beyond his financial means by spending his fortune on gifts for his friends and on all kinds of pleasures, involving the entire population of Athens. He believes he can buy happiness and fulfillment and creates an artificial paradise for himself in a city of decay. Very soon, his friends and those who have benefited from Timon’s generosity will have to prove their loyalty to him.

With Timon of Athens, Shakespeare sets aside the theme of love as well as the great agonizing questions that followed him throughout his career, and deals with an everyday, tangible matter, familiar to us like no other: money – who owns it and who doesn’t, who owes how much to whom, how debts are or are not being collected; money as a means to avoiding crises and creating illusions. A drama dealing with the extremes, a timeless and always relevant play about wealth, debt, flattery, willful blindness, delusion, generosity and thanklessness. And if it is staged in “contra tempo”, it is also a play about friendship.

Stathis Livathinos returns to directing Shakespeare with one of the great playwright’s most enigmatic and appealing plays, and a central character that has been celebrated over the centuries like few others. From Aristophanes, Strabo, Plutarch, Diogenes, Phrynichus and Antiphanes to Menandrus and Shakespeare, Timon of Athens remains a timeless tragicomic symbol of a man who loses his faith in humanity.
Stathis Livathinos’ “all-time-classic” ensemble of devoted actors, well-trained in his particular way of working, together with young actors from the new generation, give a rhythmic, fresh, strong performance that also has choral segments and plenty of music!

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