Celebration Quotation – January 30, 2016

Today’s quote is from Timon of Athens:

"Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after." Timon of Athens, Act I, Scene 2

Timon is one of those “problem” plays that make it one of the least often produced in the canon – with unexplained plot developments, characters that seem to be there for no reason, and some rather clunky language, it feels a bit unpolished.  But sometimes that kind of challenge it what makes the play so exciting to produce!

The image is from an 1875 engraving by William Sharp – a portrait of actor-manager John Philip Kemble in the role of Timon.  Kemble came from one of Britain’s great theatrical families: his father Roger Kemble was also an actor-manager, and his siblings Sarah Siddons, Charles Kemble, Stephan KembleAnne Hatton, and Elizabeth Whitlock – also found success on the stage.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection