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Quick Center to present showing of 'Timon of Athens'

Published 3:35 pm, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • English actor Simon Russell Beale, left, portrays Timon and Scottish actor Hilton McRae, right, plays the part of Apemantus in The National Theatre of London's contemporary staging of William Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens," to be presented Thursday, Nov. 29, in a recorded showing through National Theatre Live in HD. Photo: Contributed Photo/Johan Persson / Johan Persson
    English actor Simon Russell Beale, left, portrays Timon and Scottish actor Hilton McRae, right, plays the part of Apemantus in The National Theatre of London's contemporary staging of William Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens," to be presented Thursday, Nov. 29, in a recorded showing through National Theatre Live in HD. Photo: Contributed Photo/Johan Persson

 

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Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

will present the National Theatre of London's contemporary staging of "Timon of Athens" in a National Theatre Live in HD presentation on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The play was originally scheduled to be shown live on Nov. 1 via remote broadcast, but the showing was rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 29, due to storm-related circumstances, according to a release. It will be shown as a recorded performance at 2 and 7 p.m. at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.

Simon Russell Beale, an English stage actor, takes the title role in William Shakespeare's fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton and set against a backdrop of modern-day London. The producer is Nicholas Hytner.

Timon, a wealthy friend to the rich and powerful surrounded by freeloaders, outspends his resources, but assures his steward he can repay him when he runs out of money. His associates don't offer to help him financially, so Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

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

Tickets, at $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and children, are available through the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or at www.quickcenter.com.