Rossya, 1977 (Red Man). Produced by the Author.

Design by Ginni Gillam and the Author.

Line drawings by Roger Rees.


Hamlet: A User’s Guide, 1996 (Nick Hern Books)


Twelfth Night: A User’s Guide, 2000 (Nick Hern Books)


Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov, 2003 (Oberon Books).

A Pocket Guide to Ibsen Chekhov and Strindberg, in collaboration with Stephen Unwin, 2004 (Faber and Faber)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A User’s Guide, 2005 (Nick Hern Books)


Chekhov’s Three Sisters. A study guide by Michael Pennington. Published by Nick Hern Books ISBN978 1 85459 899 8

Sweet William Twenty Thousand Hours with Shakespeare. 2012 (Nick Hern Books) ISBN 978 1 85459 568 3 This will be out in paperback in December 2013 under a slightly new title, SWEET WILLIAM – A USER’S GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE.

Let Me Play The Lion Too: How To Be An Actor. Published by Faber early January 2015.

King Lear in Brooklyn (ISBN: 9781783193264)  to be published April 2016 by Oberon Books

The following include contributions from Michael:


Players of Shakespeare, 1985 (Cambridge University Press) – Hamlet

Live Not What I Am: The Experience of Performing, 1995 (Methuen) - Smoke and greasepaint.

The Actors’ Choosing, 1997 (Long Barn)

 The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter (Ed. Peter Raby), 2001, (Cambridge University Press)

Players of Shakespeare 5, 2003 (Cambridge University Press) – Timon of Athens

Darling Judi A Celebration of Judi Dench (Ed. John Miller), 2004 (Orion Books)

The RSC Shakespeare: Henry IV Parts I and II (Ed Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmusson) 2009

Playing for Real. Actors on Playing Real People (Ed. Tom Cantrell and Mary Luckhurst), 2010, (Palgrave Macmillan)

 The RSC Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens (Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmusson) due for publication 2/8/2011.

The Arden Shakespeare: Performing King Lear. Gielgud to Russell Beale, 2015


The following books include substantial references to Michael:


Shakespeare in the Theatre (Richard David), 1978 (Cambridge University Press)

Shakespeare’s Players (Judith Cook), 1983 (Harrap Press)

Playing Shakespeare (John Barton), 1984 (Methuen)

Directions by Indirections: John Barton at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Michael L Greenwald), 1985 (University of Deleware Press)

Shakespeare in Performance: Henry IV Part I (Scott McMillin), 1991 (Manchester University Press)

Shakespeare Observed (Samuel Crowl), 1992 (Ohio University Press)

Shakespeare in Performance: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Miriam Gilbert), 1993 (Manchester University Press)

Shakespeare in Performance. Hamlet (Anthony B. Dawson), 1995 (Manchester University Press)

Shakespeare in Performance: Henry V (James N Loehlin), 1996 (Manchester University Press)

English Shakespeares. Shakespeare on the English stage in the 1900s (Peter Holland), 1997 (Cambridge University Press)

Shakespeare in the Theatre (compiled & edited by Stanley Wells), 1997 (Oxford University Press)

Judi Dench with a crack in her voice (John Miller), 1999 (Orion Books)

Shakespeare in Production: Hamlet (Edited by Robert Hapgood), 1999 (Cambridge University Press)

Shakespearean Afterlives: Ten Characters With a Life of Their Own (John O’Connor ), 2003 (Icon Books Ltd)

Shakespeare at Stratford: Romeo & Juliet (Russell Jackson), 2003 (Arden Shakespeare)

Merely Players? Actors’ accounts of performing Shakespeare (Jonathan Holmes), 2004 (Routledge)



The above isn’t, of course a comprehensive list, so if you’ve come across any others please let me know!