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Michael Pennington presents the story of Shakespeare’s life and work and his own life’s work with Shakespeare. With only a chair and a red handkerchief on stage, Pennington goes in and out of characters, combining commentary and biography with performances of famous and lesser-known monologues. Building on the facts that are known about Shakespeare’s life, and drawing on the plays themselves, Pennington creates a portrait which is performance, biography and analysis.
“The incomparable Michael Pennington has done Sweet William proud” Daily Mail
“the show is a tonic. To see or not to see? Go if you possibly can.” The Observer
“A delightful and illuminating show…warm, wise and illuminating” Daily Telegraph

Michael is one of the leading classical actors of his generation, an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his many Shakespeare roles included Hamlet. He has played major roles with the National Theatre and in the West End. In 1986 with Michael Bogdanov he founded the English Shakespeare Company with which he played the leads in their Shakespeare sequence ‘The Wars of the Roses’ which toured worldwide. He is also the author of a number of books on theatre, including his recently published autobiography, ‘In My Own Footsteps…’