Timon Of Athens

National Theatre Olivier, South Bank, London

Simon Russell Beale returns to the National Theatre in Timon Of Athens, Shakespeare’s of a wealthy man whose friends disappear as his money dries up.

Timon Of Athens is a wealthy friend to the rich and the powerful, a patron of the arts and an ostentatious host. He showers the cities movers and shakers with expensive gifts and unmatchable hospitality. But, happier to splash the cash than actually take responsibility for it, his money disappears.

Though he assures his trusty steward that all will be fine, he quickly finds that his former friends and ex colleagues are happier to leave him in the lurch than lend him a helping hand. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon Of Athens disappears to a literal and emotional wasteland, nibbling on roots and damning the morally bankrupt city he left behind.

Russell Beale, who takes the title role in Timon Of Athens, is a regular at the South Bank venue, where his recent productions have included Collaborators, London Assurance and Major Barbara.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Simon Russell Beale, Martin Chamberlain, Jasno Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Deborah Findlay, Nick Sampson

author: William Shakespeare

director: Nicholas Hytner

producer: National Theatre

designer: Tim Hatley

lighting designer: Bruno Poet

sound: Christopher Shutt

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play, Shakespeare
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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National Theatre Olivier
South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

  • Nearest tube: Waterloo (250m), Southwark
  • Nearest bus: 76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
  • Nearest train: Waterloo (approx. 250m)
  • Parking:

    5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel 020 7452 3000 Information Desk 020 7452 3400
  • Telephones: There is a public cash telephone at Circle bar level.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for all disabled people.
  • Limited mobility: Please ask to be seated in an aisle seat in the centre Stalls when you book.
  • Access description: Main entrance reached from Upper Ground via Theatre Avenue to Theatre Square and a drop off point approx. 40m from main entrance. Lifts up to the Olivier Theatre to right of information desk (to both Stalls and Circle levels) or staircases further in on each side (49 steps to Stalls, further 44 to Circle). Olivier Box office on level 2. No steps to the back of the Stalls, 10 steps up to raised sections. Centre Stalls auditorium has gradual shallow steps with a handrail on aisles 2 and 4. Lift to row G of Circle and 18 steps down to the front. Power assisted doors and ramps to terraces from Level 2.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom. Groups should contact the theatre manager’s office on 020 7452 3281.
  • Wheelchairs: Lift to the Olivier Stalls. 3 spaces for wheelchair users in row R. A companion can sit next to the left-hand space in row R, or in the row. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats - wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium.
  • Toilets: Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Circle levels.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted WC on the left side of the Stalls corridor.
  • Bars: 6 licensed bars. Access information: No steps to the Olivier Stalls and Circle bars (spacious, moveable seats) from the lifts. Soft drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Chair lift down a flight of steps to the Circle café from level 3 - contact a member of staff for assistance. The menu is available in large print.