Limelight, 1967

Former Spear carrier…..still makes his points, Coventry Evening Telegraph ’76 Extra

Way of the actor, The Guardian 27th January 1978

The Travels of Michael, Coventry Evening Telegraph, ’78 Extra

A State of Mind and Body, theatre magazine1979

Pennington’s personality, Evening News 14th March 1980

A moment for the scholarly prince, The Times, 2nd July 1980

Tackling the actor’s Everest, Stage 3rd July 1980

The latest prince, Sunday Telegraph, July 1980

A new Hamlet – with the looks of Prince Charming, The Standard 9th September 1981

Sweet reason, What’s on in London, 11th September 1981

Triumph of a student Prince, Standard 18th September 1981

Bring on the Russian horses, Standard 6th January 1984

Man with a lean and hungry look, Daily Telegraph 16th January 1984

Sentimental journey, Radio Times 3rd-9th March 1984

Rigorous romantic, The Times 6th April 1984

The train to Chekhov, The Guardian 22nd June 1984

If this is Venice, I can’t be a horse or Chekhov, Sunday Times 15th July 1984

Lucky Stryk, Radio Times 20th-26th October 1984

Plays and Players/ Model Roles, Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 1985

The book the bishop burnt, Radio Times26th-31st January 1986

Elementary, my dear Miss Watson! Daily Mail September 1986

To play the prince, The Independent 17th March 1989

How to be in two plays at one time, Evening Standard 8th June 1990

The Entertainer’ finds new life on a small stage, NWN May 1996

Twelfth Night Across the Continents, Shakespeare Bulletin Winter 1996

Old Vic’s Master of Disguise, The Independent 8th March 1997

Michael Pennington on Acting and Directing Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin Summer 1997

Studies in misogyny, Plays International, October 1997

Pennington back in fold, Newcastle Journal , 15th October 1999

Labours of love, Guardian 28th February 2000

20 Questions with Michael Pennington,, 24th February 2003

Why we still love Chekhov, Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2004

The knives are out …, The Daily Mail 20th February 2004

There’s something nice about playing old bags, The Guardian Arts 26th January 2005

A curious character with no real talent, BBC web site April 2006

Collaboration and Taking Sides at the Minerva Theatre, The Argus 15th July 2008

Rogues and Vagabonds web site, 31st July 2007

Pennington’s love letter to Shakespeare, his best friend, 16th August 2007, Camden New Journal

Pennington breathes life into Shakespeare, The Gazette Colorad Springs, 28th August 2008

A labourer’s love, Colorado Springs Independent, 4th September 2008

Shakespeare’s Force: From Hamlet to Jedi with Michael Pennington, Newcity Stage, 2nd February 2009

On ... Doing a West End Double, WhatsOnStage, 11th June 2009

Interview,, 25th June 2009

Shakespearean actor learns from ‘Love’, Saratoga Herald Tribune, 4th October 2009 

Judgement Day,, 22nd November 2011

Judgement Day: Michael Pennington on Ibsen, Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2011

Sweet William book interview,

From Macbeth to Lear, Western Morning News, 21st April 2012

An Interview with Antony himself, Michael Pennington, CFT Web site September 2012

Pieces Of Me, Sinfini Music, 20th May 2013

Perfect Spots for time wasting, Telegraph, 5th June 2013

The Independent, 16th February 2015

Michael Pennington & Dame Judi Dench, The Independent, 18th January 2015

Michael Pennington dishes wise advice to young actors, Hampstead Highgate Express, 28th January 2015

Aren’t you the bloke off the telly? Daily Mail, 29th January 2015

What book..? Daily Mail, 5th February 2015

Michael Pennington talks sweet Shakespeare, Buenos Aires Herald, 4th March 2015

…so what’s the secret to actors’ memory skills?, The Independent, 31st July 2015




Articles written by Michael for newspapers and magazines

Pinter Now, And Then, Granta Magazine, 9th November 1963 

One man’s week, 1976

First Wicket Down, RSC 1978 Yearbook

Cue for passion, The Guardian 17th September 1981

Keeping up the suspense in Hamlet, Drama 2nd quarter 1981

The thing with this play, The Independent 2nd November 1994

In the shadows of the new city of light, The Independent 5th March 1998

Changing of the Guard, Guardian 19th October 2000

As He Likes It, The Lady 1st-7th January 2002

My beautiful carbuncle, letter to The Guardian 16th January 2002

Adventures with Anton, The Guardian 15th January 2003

If you ask me …, The Guardian, 27th April 2003

The kingmakers, The Guardian 21st May 2005

The Great Ventriloquist, Richard II programme Old Vic 2005

Harold Pinter: An Obituary, The Independent 26th December 2008

Sweet William,  Cottesloe programme, 11th May 2007

The Bard and me, The Independent, 21st August 2007

You can’t force kids to love Shakespeare, Guardian blog 4th March 2008

The death of Kings, The Guardian, 15th March 2008

Restoration drama: How Chekhov’s home has fallen into disrepair, The Independent, 20th November 2008

It it’s Tuesday, I must be Chekhov, The Guardian, 25th November 2008

A Jubilee for Anton Chekhov, The Arts Desk, 14th January 2010

Ibsen’s Judgement at The Print Room, WhatsOnStage, 21st November 2011

Michael Pennington on Nicol Williamson, The Guardian 29th January 2012

Michael Pennington on How to be an Actor, The Irish Times, 23rd January 2015

Eugene Onegin, Barbican Broachure February 2015

In pursuit of Shakespeare, TLS, 20th April, 2016