Michael Pennington is an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and a founding Artistic Director of the English Shakespeare Company. He has played any of the great classical roles, most recently King Lear in New York and on a UK Tour. Other theatre work includes the title roles in numerous Shakespeare plays and leading parts in plays by Howard Brenton, David Edgar, Congreve, Euripides, Chekhov, Ibsen, Osborne, Pinter, Harwood, Stoppard, Shaffer, Pinter, Harwood, Orton, Wilde, Mamet and Strindberg.
On TV he has played Oedipus, and on radio Jude the Obscure and Tamburlaine the Great. He has directed in the UK, Chicago, Japan and Romania and has written eleven books on the theatre. In 2004 he became the first practitioner to give the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture since 1925.
He holds Honorary Doctorates at De Montfort University and the University of East Anglia