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I've been really happy to be back in Stratford and now the Barbican with the RSC in Richard II, and now I’m off to New York to have a shot at King Lear at last. Jeffrey Horowitz’s terrific company Theatre for a New Audience have built a brand new and very beautiful theatre in Brooklyn, which they’ve just opened with Julie Taymor's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and LEAR is the second show in, playing March 14th to May 4th. Jeffrey and Arin Arbus his brilliant young director (who'll be doing LEAR) and I have been cooking this up for two or three years now, ever since I was there with Peter Brook's LOVE IS MY SIN, so I'm really pleased about it. We have an all-American cast and team apart from me of course, but when it comes to Shakespeare we’re all in exactly the same boat.

And that’s as far as I’m looking at the moment. But the DVD of my solo show Sweet William is selling well at the National Theatre and RSC bookshops, at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Bookshop in Stratford, and also on Amazon. And I've also revised my book for Faber about the actor’s life, called LET ME PLAY THE LION TOO: books take time and we have a publication date of January 15th 2015. Meanwhile my book SWEET WILLIAM - TWENTY THOUSAND HOURS WITH SHAKESPEARE is out in paperback under a slightly new title, SWEET WILLIAM – A USER’S GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE.

My thanks again to Mary Hunwicks who runs this site. All the other links she’s started - Home, Introduction, Career, Articles, Contact - you can reach as always by going to one of the links on the left. There are also two new links now: One Man Shows and Books. And if you’ve any queries or comments on what I’m writing here, that’s where to reply to as well.

All the best and thanks for the interest.

Michael Pennington

January 2014

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