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Timon of Athens

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1999 production of Timon of Athens. Directed by Gregory Doran with Michael Pennington as Timon.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
23 Sep 1999
Duration
140 mins

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Duke Ellington; John Woolf
Production Design
Stephen Brimson Lewis
Cast
Michael PenningtonTimon of Athens
Richard McCabeApemantus
Rupert Penry-JonesAlcibiades
John WoodvineFlavius
Sam DastorPoet
Andrew BoneFlaminius
Andrew BoneAmazon (masque)
Andrew DennisMerchant
Andrew DennisBandit (Thief)
David HobbsSempronius
Ewart James WaltersSenator of Athens (Senator)
Ewen CumminsLucilius (Steward (to Timon))
Geff FrancisLucius
Graham InglePainter
Graham IngleAmazon (masque)
James AudenAmazon (masque)
Joseph EnglandJeweller
Joseph EnglandBandit (Thief)
Joseph EnglandAmazon (masque)
Kemi BaruwaPhrynia
Michael FennerVentidius
Nadine MarshallTimandra
Nicholas MonuServilius
Owen OakeshottFriend to Alcibiades
Owen OakeshottBandit (Thief)
Peter KellyLucullus
Peter ReevesSenator of Athens (Senator)
Peter ReevesOld Athenian

Additional Details

Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
17th Century
Plays
Timon of Athens
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Shakespeare Centre also holds a 30min videotape recorded 29 June 1999 in which director Gregory Doran and designer Stephen Brimson Lewis discuss and explain the set model.
General
The costuming has been described as a gaudy parody of Jacobean dress. Doran made full use of the ‘Such Sweet Thunder’ score which Duke Ellington wrote to commission for the 1957 Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival.
History
The press night was postponed from 11 August to 24 August after Alan Bates withdrew from playing the title role because of ill health.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Jackson, Russell Shakespeare Quarterly (2000), pp217-229 (esp. 221-27).

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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