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.