Simon Russell Beale stars in a modern dress production of Shakespeare's strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin in TIMON OF ATHENS.
Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon 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.
Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Nicholas Hytner, The National Theatre's TIMON OF ATHENS is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and filmed live at London's National Theatre and broadcast by National Theatre Live, presented by L.A. Theatre Works and the James Bridges Theater. The broadcast will take place tonight, Nov. 10 @ 7:30 pm.
James Bridges Theater is located at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. Call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org. Tickets: General Admission: $20; Students with ID: $10.