Michael Pennington starred as Timon of Athens in this production of the rarely-seen tragedy.
Gregory Doran's production of Timon of Athens looked like it was heading for trouble when lead actor Alan Bates was forced to pull out due to illness. However, Michael Pennington was able to step in as the unlucky Timon, bringing his large amount of previous RSC experience to the role.
This was the first time the play had been seen on the main stage in Stratford-upon-Avon in over 30 years, when Paul Scofield was the lead at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1965. It has a reputation for being a difficult role, as Timon is a very different character by the end of the play, but Michael Pennington gained praise for finding a connecting thread between the two sides of his personality, making him a loner who uses his situation to keep his distance from other people. Pennington had actually performed in the 1965 production as Titus, one of Timon's creditors.
The play featured the score that world-famous jazz musician Duke Ellington produced for the 1963 Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, making use of jazz and blues to match the tone and social conscience of the story.
James Auden | Kemi Baruwa | Andrew Bone | Ewen Cummins | Sam Dastor | Andrew Dennis | Joseph England | Michael Fenner | Geff Francis | David Hobbs | Graham Ingle | Peter Kelly | Nadine Marshall | Richard McCabe | Nicholas Monu | Owen Oakeshott | Michael Pennington | Rupert Penry-Jones | Peter Reeves | Ewart James Walters | John Woodvine
Director - Gregory Doran
Music - Duke Ellington
Light Designer - Howard Harrison
Fight Arranger - Terry King
Designer - Stephen Brimson Lewis
Movement - Sian Williams
Arranger - John Woolf