The Making of Timon: Timon the character
Running time: 5.51mins
This film explores the character of Timon in William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens. Actor Simon Russell Beale and dramaturg Ben Power discuss the character and what makes him an unusual tragic protagonist.
There has been a long history of Shakespeare productions at the National Theatre, and the history of the creation of the National is inextricably linked with William Shakespeare. Effingham Wilson’s proposal for a national theatre was partly inspired by the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace for the nation in 1847. In his 1848 Proposition for a National Theatre he set out a claim that a theatre, ‘a house for Shakespeare’, would be an important complement to the preservation of Shakespeare’s house. This collection of videos is from recent Shakespeare productions.
Jeannette Nelson works on Hamlet speech with actor Ferdinand Kingsley.
Jeanette Nelson works on Ophelia speech with actor Ellie Turner.
Chris Saul works on a blank verse speech from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
Conleth Hill talks about playing Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well
Rae Smith talks about designing costumes for All's Well That Ends Well.
George Rainsford talks about the difficulties of playing Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well
Michelle Terry talks about the role of Helena in All's Well That Ends Well.
Oliver Ford Davies talks about playing the King of France in All's Well That Ends Well.
Rae Smith talks about designing and using animation as a scenic background.
Rory Kinnear performs the first half of the soliloquy.
Nicholas Hytner delivers a workshop on how to direct a scene from Twelfth Night.
The creative team behind Timon of Athens talk about their staging of the play.
Creatives from the production talk about the process of Making Timon of Athens for the National Theatre.
A timelapse of the fit up process for Timon of Athens in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre.
This film explores the character of Timon in William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens.
Simon Russell Beale talks about his career including his role in Timon of Athens.
Simon Russell Beale talks about one of the most impressive and complicated scenes written by Shakespeare.
Simon Russell Beale and Zoë Wanamaker talk about playing Beatrice and Benedick in the 2007 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
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- Commedia dell'arte
- Cottesloe Theatre
- Fight direction
- Five Truths
- Greek Theatre
- Lyttelton Theatre
- Olivier Theatre
- Scenic art
- Scenic construction
- Set design
- Special effects
- Stage management
- Stage operations
- The Shed
- Tour the building
- Video projection design