An original approach to Shakespeare's King Lear: Michael Pennington takes us on a fascinating journey through the play from the point of view of Lear himself and others. Although Michael also writes about his own New York acting experience in 2014, the major part of the book comprises chapters devoted to commentary on the play, its thoughts, motives and its themes in Lear's own words, and other chapters equally devoted to similar commentary from other characters in the play.
One of the world s major Shakespearian actors, Michael Pennington has played Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Berowne, Angelo, Richard II, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Henry V and Leontes in The Winter s Tale. In 2004 he gave the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture, the first practitioner to do so since 1925. He played Oedipus on BBC TV, Jude the Obscure on radio and Michael Foot in The Iron Lady. He is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including Sweet William Twenty Thousand Hours with Shakespeare, and of Are You There, Crocodile Inventing Anton Chekhov. He continues to tour his solo shows, Sweet William and Anton Chekhov, throughout the world."