Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

The rarely performed Shakespeare play Timon of Athens was revived in a blistering production by Sir Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre in 2012.


With the extraordinary talent of Simon Russell Beale in the title role this was thought by many to be the definitive production of the play. Grant wrote a chamber score for seven musicians and electronics which took the play from the monied world of subsidised ballet and high art through to the strange and politically dangerous wastelands that misanthropic Timon finds himself wandering after his fall from grace.


The production was set in contemporary london and played like a parable for modern times where money doesn't just buy influence but also friendship, friendship buys you very little, and influence without money is a contradiction in terms.



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On the right you can hear a selection of cues from Grant's score for the show which was also broadcast to hundreds of cinemas as part of NT Live, and below you can see the trailer as well as some "making of" documentaries - all containing Grant's music.


PHOTOS OF GRANT BY PAUL CLARKE: www.paulclarke.com