Shakespeare’s bleakly comic tragedy about money, status, friendship and falsehood. Lady Timon is a celebrated rich philanthropist, generous and popular. She doles out money and gifts to all in need. But when her money runs out, she quickly discovers that her admirers were largely fair-weather sycophants. Quite alone, she flees her home city of Athens to take a hermit’s refuge in the woods. This bracingly subversive 2017 production from the RSC is directed by Simon Godwin and stars Kathryn Hunter in the gender-flipped lead role.