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Michael Pennington has played a variety of leading roles in the West End, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, for the National Theatre and for the English Shakespeare Company, of which he was co-founder and joint Artistic Director from 1986–1992. He has also directed several productions of Shakespeare's plays, including Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov
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Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov

Michael Pennington
 

Michael Pennington’s solo show about Anton Chekhov has taken London’s ‘Russian Actor’ from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow, into the repertoires of the National Theatre and the Old Vic, and across Europe.

Are You There, Crocodile? also includes accounts of his work on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Tolstoy’s Strider among other Russian projects, as well as searching essays on how Chekhov’s four masterpieces actually work in the theatre. This book is a study of the great writer, a partial autobiography, and, centrally, an actor’s search for identification with the elusive Anton Chekhov himself.

Review
It is fortunate that so remarkable a man and writer has attracted so remarkable an actor -  Sunday Telegraph (UK)



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-192-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Hamlet:  A User’s Guide
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Hamlet: A User’s Guide

Michael Pennington
 

An intensely practical account of the way Hamlet actually works on stage. 

Writing with the benefit of inside experience of many productions, actor and director Michael Pennington takes us through Hamlet scene by scene, and character by character. He also gives a personal account of his own encounters with the play, and of its staging through the ages.



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-284-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
King Lear in Brooklyn
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King Lear in Brooklyn

Michael Pennington
 

What is King Lear really thinking of? What does his mysterious Fool dream about? What are the secret reasons for his daughters’ revenge on their father? What really lies behind the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy?

Michael Pennington’s performance as Lear in New York in 2014 was considered to be the equal of those of Paul Scofield and John Gielgud.  This book - part memoir, part analysis, part adventure story - lights up the familiar text and the unique production he led. Funny, candid and deeply illuminating, both honest and scholarly, King Lear In Brooklyn is the work of one of our finest actor-writers at the top of his form. 

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-326-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | HB
Midsummer Night's Dream:  A User's Guide
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Midsummer Night's Dream: A User's Guide

Michael Pennington
 

An intensely practical account of how A Midsummer Night's Dream actually works on stage.

A scene-by-scene guide to Shakespeare's best loved comedy drawing on the author's own experience of directing A Midsummer Night's Dream at the famous Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London, in 2003—described by London critics as 'a captivating Shakespearian experience' ( Guardian) and 'riotously funny and genuinely touching' ( Telegraph).

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-810-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Sweet William
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Sweet William

A User's Guide to Shakespeare

Michael Pennington
 
Michael Pennington has spent over 20,000 hours performing, directing and writing about Shakespeare. In Sweet William he examines the plays in the order of their writing and illuminates them with his own considerable understanding of the theatre then and now.

With wonderfully apt quotations from the works, analyses of little-known passages, and reflections on changing acting styles, the result is a Shakespeare masterclass which reflects his own understanding of the man and his work.

“Michael Pennington is steeped in Shakespearean knowledge, and he shares it with you with the modest generosity of a drinking partner”  Sunday Times
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-344-2 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Sweet William
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Sweet William

Twenty Thousand Hours with Shakespeare

Michael Pennington
 

Michael Pennington has spent over 20,000 hours performing, directing and writing about Shakespeare. In Sweet William he examines the plays in the order of their writing (more or less) and illuminates them with his own very considerable understanding of the theatre then and now. With wonderfully apt quotations from the works, analyses of little-known passages, and reflections on changing acting styles, the result is a Shakespeare masterclass which brings new understanding of the man and his work.



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-568-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Twelfth Night: A User’s Guide
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Twelfth Night: A User’s Guide

Michael Pennington
 

This serious yet lively book offers an intensely practical account of the way Twelfth Night actually works on stage.

Drawing both on his inside knowledge as a director of the play and on his lifelong experience as a Shakespearian actor, Pennington takes the reader through Twelfth Night scene by detailed scene.

In the same series: User’s Guides to Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Review
He is sharply intelligent, scrupulously careful, hugely knowledgeable and above all, wonderfully readable - Peter Holland, The Shakespeare Institute.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-475-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB