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Limelight 1967


Michael Pennington, who lately made a distinctive impression in the exceptionally interesting ‘Ballad of the False Barman’ at Hampstead Theatre Club , is now giving another striking performance, as the young barrister, Trapp, in John Mortimer’s ‘The Judge’ at the Cambridge. He was born in Cambridge but brought up in London, and for a time was with the National Youth Theatre. With the Royal Shakespeare Company in seasons during 1964-66, he played Dumaine in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, Mathias in ‘The Jew of Malta’ and Fortinbras in ‘Hamlet’. His performance in ‘The Judge’ is most notable for the way in which it so strongly conveys the character of an up-and-coming young man with some real sensibility and care for finer things, who is being coarsened and hardened by ambition and convention.

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