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.
Jeannette 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.
Simon Russell Beale talks about his career including his role in Timon of Athens.
Discover more about the Bard's work brought to life on stage, as this film reflects on the range of Shakespeare productions that have been staged at the National Theatre since 1963.
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.
Adrian Lester talks to Al Senter in this recording of a Platform event from June 2013.
Olivia Vinall (Desdemona) and Lyndsey Marshal (Emilia) talk about their characters, the relationship between them and the position of women in the world of the play.
Natalie Dew and Tendayi Jembere discuss playing Romeo and Juliet in the National Theatre's production for young people.
The cast of this production for young people demonstrate the choreographed fight sequence between the Montagues and Capulets and teach the dance sequences for the Capulet ball.
Cast members Natalie Dew, Tendayi Jembere, Ashley Chin and Lashana Lynch with director Bijan Sheibani explain how movement was used in this 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet to represent the Montagues and Capulets.
Fight Director Kate Waters works with the cast of Othello to create the fight sequence in Othello.
Where is Elsinore? Why is Hamlet so often revisited? Discover more about the play and the space in which it takes place.
Rory Kinnear and Lyndsey Marshal talk to Al Senter about their roles in Nicholas Hytner's current production of Othello and their acting careers.
Exploring the characters and relationships of Othello and Iago in this production of Othello.
Nicholas Hytner delivers a workshop on how to direct a scene from Twelfth Night.
Professors Carol Chillington Rutter and Tony Howard alongside Adrian Lester discuss the National Theatre's four productions of Othello 1964-2013.
The creative team behind Timon of Athens talk about their staging of the play.
edited Platform on King Lear, focusing on the three daughters
Creatives from the production talk about the process of Making Timon of Athens for the National Theatre.
Stephen Boxer (Gloucester), Sam Troughton (Edmund) and Tom Brooke (Edgar) talk to Mark Leipacher about the National Theatre's current production of King Lear.
A timelapse of the fit up process for Timon of Athens in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre.
Simon Russell Beale talks to Mark Leipacher about taking on the role of King Lear.
This film explores the character of Timon in William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens.
Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale give an insight into the current production of King Lear.
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- Cottesloe Theatre
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- Five Truths
- Greek Theatre
- Lyttelton Theatre
- NT 50 celebrations
- Olivier Theatre
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- Set design
- Stage management
- Special effects
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- The Light Princess filmmaking competition
- Temporary theatre
- Tour the building
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- Walk in the Light