4 – 19 June, 2014 (8.15pm), Previews 2 & 3 June
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Cube)
“Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy” Act 3 Sc: 5
Timon of Athens is a parable about money, friendship, betrayal, loyalty and corruption. It is a play for our times. When his fortunes fail, he discovers that the very people who celebrated his generosity and riches are the first to betray him.
Written around 1606 in the later stage of his career and co-authored with Thomas Middleton, the play is an undiscovered gem. Last seen in Dublin at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1972 it feels like his most contemporary play, the boom and bust, the corrupt politicians, the heartless, nameless bondholders are all characters from today’s world.