Michael Pennington’s In Little Place a Million: An Actor’s Perspective

A Zoom talk at 7.00 pm

Leading actor and Shakespeare scholar Michael Pennington discusses how the dramatist’s writing was affected by the nature of the theatres for which he wrote, so very different from those of today. He argues that he and his actors developed a technique that allowed them both the cinematic intimacy and the heroic scale appropriate to the Rose and the Globe and other playhouses.


Recently a triumphant King Lear in New York and on a major tour of the UK, Michael Pennington has been a leading actor for fifty years. For the RSC and for the English Shakespeare Company, which he co-founded, he has played Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Berowne in  Love’s Labour’s Lost,  Angelo in Measure for Measure, Richard II, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Henry V and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. He has also appeared in leading roles in Chekhov, Ibsen, de Filippo, Euripides, Molière, Congreve, Osborne, Pinter, O’Casey, Wilde, Dostoyevsky, Stoppard, Bulgakov, Shaffer, Granville Barker, Brenton, Orton, Hecht and MacArthur, Mamet and Strindberg. He was Oedipus on BBC TV, Jude the Obscure on radio and Michael Foot in The Iron Lady. He continues to tour his solo shows on Shakespeare and Chekhov throughout the world. In 2004 he gave the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture, the first theatre practitioner to do so since 1925.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 10 November.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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