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Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Harley Granville Barker Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Stephen Bates Harley Granville Barker was one of the leading lights of British theatre in the Edwardian era and works of his, such as The Voysey Inheritance and Waste, still appear regularly today. Therefore, it would seem highly unlikely that a play written by him in 1900 would have to wait until ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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As You Like It – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Stephen Bates Featherweight romantic fantasy that it is, As You Like It is the home for some of William Shakespeare’s most lyrical passages and the perfect production of it is one that keeps the broad comedy bubbling while contrasting it with a mood of reflective melancholy. Performed in a studio space with little ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4.5] Between the beautiful location, Glyn Maxwells witty adaptation and Lucy Pitman-Wallace’s fun and energetic staging, the second production of this year’s triple bill offering is a palpable hit. Where A Midsummer Night’ Dream took a while to find its stride, Pitman-Wallace goes straight for it, thanks to ...

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