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
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
Senators of Athens
Ewart James Walters
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.
Michael Pennington is magnificent as Timon
…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.
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.
It is a stirring performance and makes you yearn one day to see Pennington’s Lear.