Michael Pennington: RSC Honorary Associate Artist

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Michael Pennington was made an RSC Honorary Associate Artist by Gregory Doran at last night's Richard II opening night party in Stratford.

The Artistic Director took the opportunity during the post show celebrations at last night's Richard II party to announce his first Honorary Associate Artist title would be for Michael - who plays John of Gaunt in the production.

In a speech made atop the chrome bar in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's Scott Foyer, Greg spoke of first working with Pennington in 1999 when the actor took over from Alan Bates in the title role of his production of Timon of Athens with only a few weeks of rehearsal. The show was a triumph.

Pennington responded by saying that he had not realised he had been waiting for the last 30 years to be asked to join the distinguished list of RSC Honorary Associate Artists which include Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart, as well as fellow Richard II cast members Oliver Ford Davies and Jane Lapotaire.

See the picture gallery from the opening night party.

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