Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 628319 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
Timon of Athens
By William Shakespeare
16-18, 22-25 February 2017 at 7.30pm
Matinée 25 February at 2.30pm
Timon of Athens is a complex essay on avarice, misanthropy and vengeance. Co-written with Thomas Middleton, it shines a light on to the dark, selfish and cold parts of how we relate to each other.
Ostentatious Timon loses a fortune, and with it a host of sycophants. In self-imposed exile, he finds a new fortune which brings the sycophants crawling back to him. But by then he has learnt to see through shallow flattery and helps purge Athens before his death.
The modern dress, sparse production aims to show how the play’s themes of greed, consumerism, credit, homelessness, mania, violence and urban rioting echo through the banking crisis and austerity in contemporary Britain.
This is a rare chance to share in the wonderful story of a seldom-performed Shakespeare updated to a modern setting, to make it as accessible as possible.