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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Timon of Athens (1981, Jonathan Miller)

TitleTimon of Athens
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJonathan Miller
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 10 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
Play ConnectionsTimon of Athens (interpretation)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


The average person must have had not more than one chance in a lifetime to see even an amateur performance of rarely performed Timon before this splendid recording on magnetic tape. Watching Timon gyrate from foolish trust and generosity ("Nev'r speak or think/ That Timon's fortunes 'mong his friends can sink" [2.2.230]) to paranoid misanthropy ("I am sick of this false world, and will love nought" [4.3.375]), is exemplary for those who, having given too much, feel the sting of the world's ingratitude. There is much ancient wisdom here about the perils of going from excess to defect that can profitably be re-examined even today (KSR)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

TimonJonathan Pryce
LuciusHugh Thomas
LucullusJames Cossins
ApemantusNorman Rodway
SemproniusJohn Bailey
AlcibiadesJohn Shrapnel
FlaviusJohn Welsh
FlaminiusGeoffrey Collins
ServiliusTerence McGinity
VentidiusDonald Gee
PoetJohn Fortune
PainterJohn Bird
JewellerDavid Kinsey
MerchantTony Jay
CaphisMichael Anthony
CupidJulian Saipe
LuciliusMax Arthur
Old AthenianSebastian Shaw
PhryniaElaine Sharling
TimandraDiana Dors
Lady AmazonsT. Robinson
Second SenatorJohn Justin
First SenatorDavid Neal
SoldierGil Morris
Second BanditDerek Deadman
First BanditDavid Kincaid
ServantAndrew Manson
ServantBev Willis
CastC. Barton
PrisonerCornelius Garrett
CastS. Indrani
AmazonKaren Johnson
CastH. Lombardi
CastC. Reed

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJonathan Miller
ProducerJonathan Miller
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerStephen Oliver
ChoreographySally Gilpin
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerDerek Seaborne
MakeupKezia de Winne
CostumesColin Lavers
LightingSam Barclay
SoundDerek Miller-Timmins
ProductionTony Abbott

Company Overview

Playgroup Finchley Children's Music Group

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell