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Hamlet

By William Shakespeare

Peter Hall Company

Thorndike Theatre, Surrey 6th-30th July 1994

National and International Tour

Gielgud Theatre, London 4th November 1994


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

There’s something nice about playing old bags, The Guardian Arts 26th
January 2005
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Michael Pennington gives the wretched villain Claudius brilliant psychological depth in a performance so detailed and complex ...

-The Mail on Sunday


Pennington, who also plays the king, is simply the best, the most subtly corrupt, the most consummately political Claudius I have ever seen

-The Sunday Times


Pennington acts and speaks so well...you could listen to him all evening.

-West Sussex Gazette


Until Pennington’s performance, I had never noticed how much the king and Hamlet actually have in common ...Having once played Hamlet, Pennington illiminatingly invest his uncle with a similar irresolution.

-The Guardian


Everything Pennington does is intelligent...

-Financial Times