SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: TIMON OF ATHENS
Simon Russell Beale, currently playing the lead in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed modern spin on the play at the National Theatre, discusses the first act with Heather Neill. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Recorded at the National, 30 August 2012.
He doesn’t say very much in the first act, really. It’s only later in the play that he starts speaking at enormous length about various things. But in the first half of the play you don’t really get to know him. I think that’s quite interesting.