London's National Theatre Live Returns to the Clark
With a Production of Timon of Athens

For Immediate Release

October 16, 2012

Williamstown, MA—On Thursday, November 1 at 2 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will broadcast a live transmission of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens from London’s National Theatre. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. Running time is approximately three hours, including a host introduction and a twenty-minute intermission.

Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s strange fable of consumption, debt, and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.

Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, and ostentatious host Timon of Athens is surrounded by freeloaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.

When he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

Simon Russell Beale has been described by London’s Independent as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation.’ His recent work for the National Theatre includes London Assurance, Much Ado About Nothing, and Collaborators, John Hodge’s Olivier Award-nominated play in which he portrayed Joseph Stalin.

Now in its fourth season, National Theatre Live in HD delivers the best of British theater to cinemas around the world. Stage performances are captured in front of an audience at London’s National Theatre and its collaborating companies. The shows are broadcast live in high definition across Europe and America.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar listing

November 1: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will broadcast a live transmission of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens from London’s National Theatre on Thursday, November 1 at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACT:
Amanda Powers

The Clark

413 458 0471

apowers@clarkart.edu


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