Posted: November 8, 2012
Lensic Presents National Theatre Live in HD: "Timon of Athens" on November 8

October 18, 2012

Contact: Dianna Delling
Tel: 505-988-7050 ext. 1211
Email: ddelling@lensic.org


National Theatre Live in HD
Timon of Athens

Simon Russell Beale stars
in Shakespeare’s tale of consumption, debt, and ruin

November 8, 7 pm

Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic presents Timon of Athens, broadcast in high definition from the National Theatre in London, on November 8. The broadcast continues The Lensic’s 2012–13 NT LIVE series, which is generously sponsored by Century Bank.

Simon Russell Beale—called “the greatest stage actor of his generation” by Britain’s The Independent—takes the title role in this tale written by Shakespeare (perhaps in collaboration with Thomas Middleton). Known as a wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, a patron of the arts and an ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders. He vastly outspends his resources, then finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.

When he calls on 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.

The Telegraph called Timon of Athens “an urgent play for today” and praised director Nicholas Hytner for creating a production relevant for today’s world.

“(Hytner) hurls Timon into the 21st century and finds it lands there almost perfectly,” the newspaper said.

Beale’s most recent work for the National Theatre includes London Assurance, Much Ado About Nothing and Collaborators, in which he portrayed Stalin. Other cast members include Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, and Stavros Demetraki.

Running time for this play is three hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Praise for Timon of Athens at The National Theatre

Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Independent on Sunday
Daily Mail, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Time Out, Times, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Sunday Express
‘Bold, incisive revival . . . an urgent play for today.’ Independent
‘A lacerating parable for our troubled times. A characteristically terrific performance from Simon Russell Beale.’ Evening Standard
‘Nicholas Hytner’s production is so relevant . . . almost flawless.’ Time Out
‘An exhilarating production featuring a compelling performance by Simon Russell Beale.’ Guardian
Timon of Athens Trailer


Coming Soon in The Lensic’s NT Live Series

January 17— The Magistrate
Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader. When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll), little does he realize she’s dropped five years from her age – and her son’s. When her deception is about to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.


Lensic Presents
National Theatre Live (NT Live)

Timon of Athens

November 8

7 pm

Tickets: $22 / $15 Lensic members & students. Tickets are available at www.lensic.org, www.TicketsSantaFe.org; 988.1234 or at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.

Press Contact: Dianna Delling, Director of PR & Marketing, at 505.988.7050 ext. 1211 or ddelling@lensic.org.

About The Lensic Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit, historic Lensic Performing Arts Center presents more than 200 events year-round, including theater, music, dance, spoken word, film and lectures. Through Lensic Presents, Education and Community Sponsorships, The Lensic is a major partner and supporter of Santa Fe’s nonprofits, artistic organizations and schools. For more information on the many presentations and programs of The Lensic, visit www.lensic.org.

About NT Live
NT Live performances are filmed live at the National Theatre in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 330 cinemas and performing arts centers around the world, live in Europe and some US cities, and time-delayed in countries further afield. The pilot season of NT Live began with the hugely successful broadcast of Phèdre with Helen Mirren, which was seen by 50,000 people in 19 countries around the globe. Since its first season, more than 800,000 people have experienced the National Theatre’s work on movie screens worldwide

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