Production shots have been released for Timon of Athens at the NT Olivier, where it opens to press tonight (17 July 2012, previews from 10 July).

Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.

Directed by NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner, the cast also includes Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Deborah Findlay, Ciaran McMenamin and Nick Sampson. The production is one of the National’s contributions to the RSC’s World Shakespeare Festival, which is part of London 2012.

Timon of Athens runs at the NT Olivier until 31 October. (All photos by Johan Persson)  


Simon Russell Beale (centre) as Timon


Russell Beale as Timon


Russell Beale as Timon after being banished from Athens


Ensemble scene


Hilton McRae as Apemantus


Russell Beale and McRae


Ensemble scene


Russell Beale as Timon with Craige Els as Caphis