By Thomas Otway
Lyttelton Theatre 12th April 1984
...Michael Pennington’s superb Jaffier is from the start a man of intemperate passion
in silken cuffs...
...another actor of unusual quality...Pennington gives the man a fresh and plausible
...Michael Pennington rings the multitudinous changes as Jaffier, a character who
makes Hamlet seem comparatively decisive.
Like Gielgud and Scofield in the 1953 production... Michael Pennington and Ian McKellen
seize on the separate characteristics of Jaffier and Pierre and render them almost
in musical terms.