Timon of Boston!AdaptationTragedy

  • Nick Walton

I’ve just returned from Boston where I’ve been speaking at events running alongside The Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Timon of Athens https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/

This play is rarely performed and has a reputation for being unwatchable, unstageable, and unshakespearian – but Bill Barclay and his cast have produced a terrific piece of theatre, which not only gives audiences a great night out, but also silences those critics intent on labelling this play ‘Bad Shakespeare’.  Bill’s production cleverly balances the play’s comedy with its satiric bite.  Timon moves (quite literally) from throwing feasts to throwing stones – and Allyn Burrows delivers a masterclass in capturing the infinite variety contained within Timon’s misanthropic tirades.  I’ve seen a good few productions of this play, and I can honestly say that this was the production which best captured the play’s dramatic potential for me.  But don’t just take my word for it – see it for yourself .  Here’s Allyn giving a flavour of what lies in store for those of you lucky enough to get to Midway Studios, Fort Point, Boston before  13th June.

Timon of Athens ASP from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Edu on Vimeo.

Author: Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.