Timon of Athens (2008): Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Bankside
PrTimon of Athens (2008)
CAST INCLUDED: Simon Paisley Day (Timon); Patrick Godfrey (Flavius); Gary Oliver (Alcibiades); Bo Poraj (Apemantus).
This production ran from 6 August - 3 October 2008. Production information from Theatre Record; may be incomplete.
"Director Lucy Bailey and designer William Dudley have taken a refreshingly radical approach to this self-consciously traditional space, covering the Globe's open yard with a vast net through which actors swoop and dive on the hapless hero like vultures. Visually, the effect is striking. The result, however, is to shift attention away from Timon's complex psyche towards his parasitic chums and plummeting creditors." ~ Michael Billington, "Skydiving Shakespeare as Timon strips to his underpants", The Guardian, 8 August 2008
"The costumes are late-medieval and the overt subjects what they should be, mainly ingratitude. The Globe's stage has become a marble oblong that thrusts out into the pit and proves just the place for the lavish feasts that Simon Paisley Day's Timon obsessively throws....The problem is a thin plot. Pretty much all that's left for the disillusioned Timon to do is to snarl, rant and demand humanity's destruction. But Bailey has her answers. She doesn't merely turn Timon's parties into exotic orgies. High above the groundlings she has placed a net on which black-clad men crawl like spiders, then bungee-jump up and down, their raggedly cloaks making them look like crows or vultures as they assail Timon. The effect isn't so much Cirque du Soleil as a dark-star or even black-hole circus that embodies Shakespeare's bleak mood circa 1605, when he wrote both Timon and Lear." ~ Benedict Nightingale, "Financial ruin, fair-weather friends: a timeless tragedy", The Times, 8 August 2008