Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare's most rarely performed plays. This production was the RSC's first since 1965. Michael Pennington took the central role of Timon, a generous Athenian who finds that, when he himself is in financial trouble, those who have benefited from his generosity in the past simply turn their backs. It is a tale of greed, fair-weather friends and disillusionment with humanity.
The Daily Mail thought Pennington 'simply magnificent: vocally supreme, acidly temperamental, and brimming with revealing, flawed self-centredness'.
Pictured is Rupert Penry-Jones in the smaller, yet crucial role of Alcibiades, the young general who repays Timon's kindness to him by leading an army against the Athenians who have banished them both. He too garnered excellent reviews, including this from the online review Curtain Up: 'the discovery of the year must be Rupert Penry-Jones who has youth and looks on his side as the play's true hero. I hope he will play Hamlet soon'.