Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia
  • The House, Plymouth University

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In 1890, Anton Chekhov did a most un-Chekhovian thing: he battled 4,000 miles across Russia in order to conduct a survey of the penal colonies of Sakhalin Island. Michael Pennington brings that journey superbly – and shockingly – to life with a pungent one-man performance.

Pennington’s deep affection for Chekhov shines throughout the performance highlighting the intimate relationship that can miraculously bloom between reader and writer.

Michael is an actor, director and writer. Well known for his roles as Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi (1983) and Michael Foot in The Iron Lady (2011), he founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1989 with director Michael Bogdanov. He has performed many memorable roles on stage and screen and is Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Date: Sunday 7 May
Time: 19:30–20:30
Venue: The House, Plymouth University
Ticket information: £6/£4.20. Discounts available to Plymouth University students through SPiA.

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Part of the Plymouth Festival of Words

Building on the success of the city’s Plymouth International Book Festival, the Plymouth Festival of Words takes place between Wednesday 3- Sunday 5 May 2017, celebrating literature and ‘words’ through a diverse range of art forms. In addition to opening Plymouth History Month, Plymouth Festival of Words includes rich programme of writers, poets, film-makers and performance artists to Plymouth as well as the Society for Storytelling's annual gathering.

The Plymouth Festival of Words has been organised through a partnership between Literature Works, the literature development agency for the South West, Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives, Wonderzoo and is supported by Arts Council England.

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