27th October 2019

Some theatre news! Early next year Michael will be playing Prospero in a production of The Tempest, directed by Tom Littler. It will open at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, playing from the 11th March to the 4th April and transfer to the Theatre Royal Bath for the week 7th - 11th April. Booking is open for the Jermyn Street Theatre ( and booking for Bath opens at the beginning of November (

Michael has also recorded Peter Brook’s latest book The Quality of Mercy wich should be released shortly and late in November on Radio 4 there is a trip of dramas about the birth of the National Theatre.

6th September 2019

There are a couple of Sweet William performances over the coming months: Seattle Shakespeare Company in November and Minerva Theatre, Chichester 31st January 2020.

9th April 2019

On the 13th May the Rose Playhouse is holding a 30th Anniversary Gala. The following is the release from the Rose:

“The evening will feature dramatic readings from celebrity patrons such as Janet Suzman, Dominic Dromgoole and Michael Pennington; talks about the original excavation and a chance to learn about the Rose Revealed Project directly from the architect, Nick Helm. Stay on for the drinks reception and a silent auction with items donated by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Tony Robinson, amongst others.

The event will take place in the atmospheric setting of Southwark Cathedral, where several Renaissance theatrical figures are buried, including Shakespeare’s brother Edmund, as well as Philip Henslowe, the man who built the Rose.

Tickets for the event are:
£20 gala (rear section)
£40 gala (middle section) + drinks reception and silent auction in the Cathedral’s beautiful retro choir,
£75 gala (front section) + drinks reception and auction + a private visit to the Rose archaeological site at a mutually agreed date.”

You can book tickets at:

23 February 2019

No  news at present I’m afraid but you can still see the Gresham Lecture at: