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Shakespeare's strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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The National Theatre cinema season continues at Strode Theatre in Street on Thursday, November 1, with another live transmission.

On show will be Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, Timon Of Athens, starring Simon Russell Beale.

Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens 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.

Simon Russell Beale has been described by the Independent as "the greatest stage actor of his generation".

His recent work for the National Theatre includes London Assurance, Much Ado About Nothing and Collaborators, John Hodge's Olivier Award-nominated new play in which he portrayed Stalin.

The running time of the screening will be approximately three hours including introduction and a 20-minute intermission.

Timon Of Athens will be transmitted live from the National Theatre to the Strode Theatre screen on Thursday, November 1, at 7pm.

Tickets are £15, concessions £13, and are available at www.strodetheatre.co.uk or from Strode Theatre's Box Office on 01458 442846.

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