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28th June 2009

Back in 1984 Michael took part in a TV series entitled Playing Shakespeare. I understand that is now available on DVD in the States - if you didn’t see it at the time, or haven’t managed to catch up with it since, I strongly recommend it as, apart from Michael, there are a lot of great British actors included in the programme.


12th June 2009

Michael gave an interview to WhatsOnStage about Taking Sides and Collaboration. To go to that web site click on the above link and enter Michael Pennington in their search engine.


5th June 2009

I had an enquiry today about whether a mailing list existed for Michael. It’s not something I’ve thought about before, but now wonder whether there might be a market for this? If you’d like me to add your name to a mailing list please let me know. Send an e-mail to info@michaelpennington.me.uk


30th May 2009

Collaboration and Taking Sides have now opened at the Duchess theatre to excellent 4* reviews. You can read some of them by clicking here.


8th May 2009

If you want to check out  production and rehearsal photographs from Chichester click on the following link for Collaboration http://www.cft.org.uk/cft-productions_details.asp?pid=263 and for Taking Sides http://www.cft.org.uk/cft-productions_details.asp?pid=266


28th April 2009

Michael will be the guest of Michael Berkeley on the Radio 3 programme Private Passions this coming Sunday the 3rd May at 12 noon. The web site address is www.bbc.co.uk/radio3. If you’re not in the UK you can listen to the programme via your computer and there is a Listen Again facility for the following week if you can’t listen on the day.


16th April 2009

This is a bit late to tell you about, but I’ve only just come across an item on the Chichester web site which is of interest. There was a  reading of Christmas Day in the Workhouse by George R Sims by the members of the Festival 08 company. Michael took part and you can listen to it by clicking on the following link: http://www.cft.org.uk/video.asp?id=38


11th April 2009

No new news to report, but just a reminder that booking is open for Collaboration and Taking Sides at both  Chichester (see entry 24th January) and the Duchess (note 21st February).


14th March 2009

Whilst channel hopping this evening I came across a programme on BBC2 entitled The Lost World of Communism and found that Michael was narrating. I’m sure the first part will be on BBCiplayer, and the next two parts are on BBC2 for the next two Saturday evenings.


13th March 2009

If you want to listen to some voice overs Michael has recorded check out the web site Yaketyyak!


12th March 2009

Paul Scofield died on the 19th March 2008 and on the anniversary of his death there will be a memorial service at St Margaret’s Church followed by a celebration at the National Theatre. Michael will be one of those taking part in the latter - other names include Alex Jennings, Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt, Diana Rigg and Donald Sinden. Admission to both is free, but strictly by ticket only. You can obtain tickets for the National Theatre celebration by phoning the Box Office on 0207 452 3000 and for the Memorial service send a stamped addressed envelope to : Mr M Arnoldi, Room 19, The Chapter Office, 20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA. (This information was obtained from the web site: www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk)


3rd March 2009

I’ve added an interview which appeared in The Argus in July last year prior to the opening of Collaboration and Taking Sides.


2nd March 2009

According to The British Theatre Guide Michael will be appearing in A West End Celebration of Simon Grey (the playwright who died last August) at the Comedy Theatre in London on Sunday 15th March.  Other names mentioned are Michael Gambon, Celia Imrie, James Fleet, Jamie Dee, Anthony Head, Toby Stephens, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, Felicity Kendal and Jasper Britton. I don’t have any further details, but I expect you can find it via the theatre and, of course, I should add that all appearances are subject to other commitments!


23rd February 2009

I’ve added a couple of interviews I overlooked from Michael’s performances of Sweet William in Colorado last year - Pennington breathes life into Shakespeare and A labourer’s love.


21st February 2009

Collaboration and Taking Sides will be in repertoire at the Duchess Theatre from the 20th May until the 22nd August 2009. If you want to start making plans for a visit, you may want to check out which play is on when and, as there is nothing on the theatre web site as yet, you should go to http://www.londontheatre.co.uk for the dates.


13th February

I’ve added a couple more Sweet William reviews from Chicago.

I’m also correcting an omission in that I haven’t included on the site any reference to Awards/Nominations that Michael has received. I shall add a permanent link from the Introduction page.

For any of you that collect theatre programmes you might very well have visited Castaside in Alfie’s Antiques Market - it’s a treasure trove for those of you that haven’t!! Unfortunately, David is closing up shop at the end of this month, so hurry on down if you want to have a look for something special. He will still be trading on line and you will be able to contact him via e-mail to check out whether he has that item you’ve always been looking for!! The e-mail address is theatrerelateditems@yahoo.co.uk


10th February

Michael is now part-way through his Chicago visit and I have added an interview which was undertaken prior to his trip and also reviews which have been appearing.


2nd February 2009

In 2008 Michael worked on a film called (at that time) Churchill at War in the role of Bomber Harris. I’ve been checking this out through the HBO web site and it appears that the title of the film has been changed to Into the Storm. I can’t see any reference to Michael in the credits, so we’ll have to wait and see for any further information.

I’ve also added details of a TV programme Michael took part of in 1967! (Thanks to a friend who found it for me) It’s entitled The Order and his character is The Youth!


1st February 2009

As you will, no doubt, know the great playwright Harold Pinter died last Christmas Eve. Michael wrote an obituary for The Independent and I’ve added this to the site. He had also contributed some time ago to The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter which was originally published in 2001, with a second edition due in March this year.


24th January 2009

Collaboration and Taking Sides are returning to the Minerva Theatre in Chichester for a three week run before transferring to the West End. Booking for this period is now open for Friends of CFT and will go on general sale from  January 30th. The CFT web site is www.cft.org.uk and the Box Office phone number is 01243 781312. More news of the West End transfer as soon as I know it.


23rd January 2009

In 2005 Michael recorded Chorus for the North West Classical Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Grant, the artistic director, forwarded  this recording to me and, with his kind permission, I’ve added it to the site. Please let me know if you can’t listen to it.


18th January 2009

I haven’t got any definite news to pass on regarding the transfer of Collaboration and Taking Sides into the West End, but I have spotted on an American news site that a Chichester spokesperson confirmed the transfer but said that a venue has yet to be found, but then the news report carried on to say  that the plays would arrive in London in May! I’ll let you know as soon as I have anything more concrete to report.

I’ve added details of a reading Michael took part in back in 1979 as part of the annual visit the RSC made to Newcastle. Entitled The Biko Inquest , it was a one-off moved reading.



11th January 2009

I have just been reading an article in the Spring edition of the Shakespeare’s Globe magazine written by Paul Edmondson, who is Head of Learning at  the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford. It is primarily about the new exhibition in preparation at the Birthplace in Henley Street entitled Life, Love and Legacy, and part of the article says that once visitors have seen the exhibition, but before exiting to the garden, there is going to be a Hall of Fame and he is asking who would we like to see represented there. He goes on to say that the Birthplace will be seeking the nation’s favourite Shakespearean in the New Year and would like to hear from people with their views! Write to Paul Edmondson at The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.  


8th January 2009

A belated Happy New Year to all of you who read this!


I’ve just spent a couple of days in Stratford-upon-Avon and took the opportunity to visit the Shakespeare Centre and Library - a marvellous place if you’re interested in the history of the RSC (the web site address is http://www.shakespeare.org.uk). I found a couple of really interesting items relating to Hamlet - the first is from the 1980 Poetry Festival - entitled Sights of Elsinore which was an evening of poems and readings inspired by Hamlet . In case you are interested in following up on the content I shall add a list of the readings to the page. I also discovered a newspaper article from 1994 (entitled The thing with this play) which I did not spot at the time, in which Michael, as he was preparing for his fifth Hamlet, replayed scenes from his previous performances.


28th December 2008

Hopefully, if you’re reading this it will mean that I have replaced the old site with this new all-singing, all-dancing one!!  I have basically transferred all of the old pages onto this new site and taken the opportunity of transferring a few links and pictures - I’ve tried to link all of the articles (which you can  still access from the Articles button) to their relevant productions, books, etc. I hope you find it easier to navigate and also like the new layouts.


If you should find anything that doesn’t work, please let me know - I have tried to check everything back, but there’s always something you miss, isn’t there??




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