Home / Tag Archives: Michael Pennington

Tag Archives: Michael Pennington

King Lear – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jess Rowe The darkness in Shakespeare’s aching family tragedy remains resolute in Royal &Derngate’s production ofKing Lear, with a never-ending sense of solemnity by the end. Following the ageing tyrant and title character, revived beautifully by Oliver-nominated Michael Pennington, whose mighty flaw is his inability to distinguish between forced materialistic love and that ...

Read More »

King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer:Kris Hallett It’s a funny quirk that so often in that most Everest of roles Lear, the garlanded actor at its centre gets upstaged by his supporting cast. Blame the genius of the bard, who has created a motley band of memorable supporting turns to populate his masterpiece. There is no fear of that ...

Read More »

King Lear – Opera House, Manchester

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Iain Sykes 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and the country is awash with tributes to the Bard, including somewhat of a glut of his greatest tragic character, King Lear. Directed by Max Webster with Michael Pennington as Lear, this touring production is certainly towards the top of the list. Pennington’s ...

Read More »

King Lear – Oxford Playhouse

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Michael Pennington has played them all: Richard II, Henry V, Leontes, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Hamlet, you name it. Now, nearing 73, he is touring the UK as the title role in Max Webster’s King Lear. His Lear is remarkable in its range of emotion, descending from barrel-chested brashness into doddery, near-silent senility ...

Read More »

King Lear – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Claire Going   It is true to say that the ultimate success or failure of any performance of King Lear hangs precariously on the ability of one man: the one chosen to play the titular role. In this new production of Lear, we are not disappointed with recent Olivier award nominee, Michael Pennington, ...

Read More »

NEWS: Michael Pennington’s King Lear to tour UK

Ambassador Theatre Group(ATG) has announced that Royal &Derngate, Northampton’s major new production of King Lear, will embark on a UK tour to nine regional venues from April to July. After running at Royal &Derngate Northampton from1 – 23 April, the show will then tour to venues includingOxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal BrightonRichmond Theatre, Grand Opera HouseYork,Manchester Opera House, Theatre Royal Bath, ...

Read More »

The Winter’s Tale – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and thoughts are already turning to Christmas. In theatre terms this can only mean one thing, it’s time to shuffle our Shakespeare plays by packing away the flighty summer plots of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much ...

Read More »

She Stoops To Conquer – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Claire Hayes Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season has launched some notable productions, with last year’s Hay Fever starring Felicity Kendal – and also directed by Lindsay Posner – currently playing in the West End. For 2015, the season kicks off with Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 popular comedy of manners, She Stoops to Conquer. Perhaps ...

Read More »