Michael Pennington's solo show about Shakespeare, Sweet William, has been acclaimed throughout Europe and in the US as a unique blend of showmanship and scholarship. In this book, he deepens his exploration of Shakespeare's life and work – and the connection between the two – that lies at its heart.
It is illuminated throughout by the unrivalled insights into the plays that Pennington has gained from the twenty thousand hours he has spent working on them as a leading actor, an artistic director and a director – and as the author of three previous books on individual Shakespeare plays.
With practical analysis, wonderfully detailed and entertaining interpretations of characters and scenes, and vivid reflections on Shakespeare’s theatre and ours, the result is a masterclass of the most enjoyable kind for theatregoers, professionals, students and anyone interested in Shakespeare.
'A brilliant and intimate insider’s guide to Shakespeare from one of our greatest classical actors.' Gregory Doran
'Shakespeare comes wonderfully to life in Michael’s beautifully written book.' Rupert Everett
'engaging, absorbing, congenial, informative… a must-read for anyone interested in Shakespeare from almost any angle – actor, drama student, teacher, director, technician, literature student or audience member' The Stage