Sweet William – Michael Pennington is Shakespeare

Saturday 31 August

Venue: Opus Theatre

19.30 to 22.30

Tickets: £15, students £10, available below and at the door.

Michael Pennington, co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company, gives an astounding one-man performance, bringing the Bard of Stratford to life.


In his brilliant one man show Michael Pennington combines his performance skills with textual scholarship to give us as well-rounded a portrait of Shakespeare as you could hope for.

Michael Billington, The Guardian

 You are mesmerised… he is steeped in Shakespearian knowledge and he shares it with you with the modest generosity of a drinking partner.

Sunday Times

Michael Pennington is a great actor and a great writer about actors and acting.

Kenneth Branagh

There will be a cash bar at the interval.

Michael Pennington

Michael Pennington is an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and co-founded the English Shakespeare Company with Michael Bogdanov. As well as many of the great classical parts (most recently King Lear in New York and the UK), he has appeared in leading roles in the plays of Ibsen, Chekhov and Pinter, John Osborne, Eduardo de Filippo, Howard Brenton, Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Alan Bennett, Joe Orton and David Mamet among others.

Theatre includes: title roles in Hamlet, Timon of Athens and Hippolytus,  Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Angelo in Measure for Measure (RSC); Coriolanus, Macbeth, Richard II, Henry V and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (ESC);Collaboration, Taking Sides, Archie Rice in The Entertainer, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment (West End); Fabio in The Syndicate, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, Solness in The Master Builder; Strider, Venice Preserv’d; and his solo shows Anton Chekhov and Sweet William (on Shakespeare).  In 2017 Michael Pennington was Dogsborough in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at the Donmar Warehouse, and most recently played Isaak Jacobi in Fanny & Alexander at The Old Vic.

Films include: Churchill at War, The Iron Lady.

Television includes: Oedipus in Oedipus the King, Holmes in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Endeavour.

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