Timon of Athens

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
May 09 – June 11, 2017
Folger Theatre

This production closed Sunday June 11, 2017.

"Sleek and strikingly conceived" - The Washington Post

"Every man has his fault..."

Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular philanthropist with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, costly gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship. Robert Richmond (Othello, Richard III and Henry V at Folger Theatre) directs Shakespeare’s tragic satire about the fickleness of prosperity, with Helen Hayes Award-winner Ian Merrill Peakes (Othello, Macbeth, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre) in the title role.

Running time is 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission.

Please be aware that this performance utilizes strobe lights, theatrical haze, firearms, and loud noises.

Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater. Every person entering the theatre must have a ticket. 

Hear More from the Stage Director Talk with Robert Richmond


Special Performances

Join us on Fridays for free pre-show talks in the theatre.
Tuesday May 9, 7:30pm
Tickets available beginning at 5pm at the box office window; limit one ticket per person.
Thursday May 11, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion with Timon of Athens Director Robert Richmond.
Tickets are $20.
Friday May 19, 6pm
Hear Helen Hayes Award-winners and veteran Folger actors Ian Merrill Peakes (Timon) and Louis Butelli (Ventidius) explore the relationship between Iago from Othello and Timon from Timon of Athens.
Free, reservations requested.

College Night
Friday May 19, 8pm
$15 tickets available for college students with valid ID. Call the box office or visit us in person to purchase your ticket in advance.

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday May 24, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception.
Tickets are $20.

Brews and Banter
Thursday June 1, 6:30pm
Join our young patrons for a pre-performance discussion with Timon of Athens cast members Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Alcibiades) and Kathryn Tkel (Senator). A beer reception with light fare is included. Beer generously provided by Bluejacket.
Tickets are $15.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday June 1, following the 7:30pm performance.
Join members of the cast for a post-show discussion about the play moderated by Resident Dramaturg, Michele Osherow.

Friday June 2, 6pm
Timone of DC is a theatre experience created by the Street Sense Theatre Workshop that transforms the story of Timon of Athens into a contemporary exploration of the impulses behind giving and receiving. Join us in this pre-show discussion with Leslie Jacobson of George Washington University, Dani Gilmour of Street Sense, and cast members as they discuss what the story of Timon can mean to us here and now in DC.
Free, reservations requested.

Free Folger Friday: The Bard & The Duke
Friday June 9, 6pm
Maurice Jackson of Georgetown University delves into Duke Ellington’s album Timon of Athens: Incidental Music for Shakespeare’s Play.
Free, reservations requested

Sunday June 11, 2pm
Call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for details.
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.



Season Sponsors:
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance

Contributing Sponsors:
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Judy Areen and Richard Cooper

Associate Sponsors:
Bill and Evelyn Braithwaite
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
Wendy Frieman and David Johnson
William L. Hopkins
Andrea Kasarsky
Rick Kasten
Julianna Mahley
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Carolyn and Mark Olshaker
Tessa van der Willigen and Jonathan Walters

This production is supported in part by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This program is part of the European Month of Culture #EUMC2017 


Who's Who

Ventidius, Bandit
Cupid, Senator, Bandit, Servant
Jewler, Sempronius, Bandit
Painter, Lucullus
Timon of Athens
Poet, Lucius, Senator
Merchant, Senator
Assistant Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Projection Design
Fight Director
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager