Michael Pennington is a British actor, director and writer. He 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 of Shakespeare’s plays, and is the author of books on Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, amongst others. He has toured his solo shows, Sweet William and Anton Chekhov, throughout the world.