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Work in Progress, BBC Radio 3, 18th-22nd October 1999  “The actor and writer Michael Pennington talks about his return to the Royal Shakespeare Company, after an absence of nearly 20 years, to play the title role in ‘Timon of Athens’” 


Coping with the Apocalypse, Daily Telegraph 23rd August 1999
Pennington back in fold, Newcastle Journal 15th October 1999
Labours of love, Guardian, 28th February 2000
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Timon of Athens

By William Shakespeare

RSC

 Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7th August 1999

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, November 1999

Barbican Theatre, London, 24th February 2000


Timon of Athens
Michael Pennington
Apemantus
Richard McCabe
Alcibades
Rupert Penry-Jones
Flavius
John Woodvine
Lucilius
Ewen Cummins
Servilius
Nicholas Monu
Flaminius
Andrew Bone
Lucius
Geff Francis
Lucullus
Peter Kelly
Sempronius
David Hobbs
Ventidius
Michael Fenner
Poet
Sam Dastor
Painter
Graham Ingle
Merchant
Andrew Dennis
Jeweller
Joseph England
Senators of Athens
Ewart James Walters
Peter Reeves
Old Athenian
Peter Reeves
Amazons
James Auden
Andrew Bone
Joseph England
Graham Ingle
Bandits
Owen Oakeshott
Joseph England
Andrew Dennis
Prostitutes
Kemi Baruwa
Nadine Marshall
Director
Gregory Doran
Designer
Stephen Brimson Lewis

It was a joy to hear again in Stratford, the variety, and the power of Michael Pennington’s speaking of Shakespearean verse.

-Shakespeare Survey

Michael Pennington is magnificent as Timon

-The Times

…this is a superb staging of Timon, with Pennington finding far more in the central role than you’d have imagined and compelling you to face it.

-Spectator

Pennington delivers the long tirades as if from some inner sense of musical notation, his incredibly flexible voice weaving the words into patterns in which sense, clarity and even subtlety form a seamless whole.

-Jewish Chronicle

It is a stirring performance and makes you yearn one day to see Pennington’s Lear.

The Guardian