Roger Rees, 22 years of Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from spear-carrier to leading man; among many RSC productions, Macbeth, starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench (two of the funniest people in the world) and Hamlet, starring himself (not funny), come to mind. Mr Rees has played in nearly every Shakespeare play, some several times, among numerous other RSC credits are Love Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, As You Like it, Merchant Of Venice, Richard II, Winter’s Tale, Comedy of Errors, The Plebeians rehearse the Uprising, Twelfth Night, Henry VIII, Much Ado About Nothing, The Suicide, The Three Sisters, Indians, Major Barbara, The Relapse. Plus, he played the eponymous hero in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, for which Mr Rees won the Olivier Award in London, and Tony Awardin New York, and an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. Mr. Rees is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
On and off- Broadway, Mr Rees starred in Indiscretions, with Kathleen Turner, Eileen Atkins, Cynthia Nixon and Jude Law, directed by Sean Mathias (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); John Robin Baitz’ The End of the Day (Obie Award); Uncle Vanya, with Derek Jacobi (Brooks Atkinson); The Uneasy Chair (Playwrights Horizons); The Rehearsal (Roundabout); The Misanthrope, opposite Uma Thurman (CSC), and the premiere of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical, A Man of No Importance, with Faith Prince (Lincoln Centre Theatre). Recently, for a year, Mr. Rees played GOMEZ ADDAMS (opposite Brook Sheilds as Morticia) in The Addams Familyat the Lunt Fontanne Theater on Broadway.
In the UK, in the West End, he created the starring roles of Henry and Kerner, both opposite Felicity Kendal, in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and Hapgood, and played opposite Jane Lapotaire in his own thriller, Double Double, co-authored with Jersey Boysauthor Rick Elice.
Some of Mr Rees’ movies are: The Ebony Tower (opposite Laurence Olivier), Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bob Fosse’s Star 80, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julie Taymour’s Frida, Sudden Manhattan, Substance of Fire, If Looks Could Kill, The Prestige, The Treatment, The Scorpion King, The Emperor’s Club, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, Happy Tears, The Pink Panther, Game 6, Next Stop Wonderland, Peter Greenaway’s A Life in Suitcases, Crazy Like a Fox, Going Under, The Invasion (with Nicole Kidman), The Narrows and Almost Perfect,to be released later this year.
Known to TV audiences as Lord John Marbury on NBC’s The West Wing and Robin Colcord on NBC’s Cheers, he recently played Dr Colin Marlow, on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy; and appeared in OZ, My So-Called Life, MANTIS, Warehouse 13 and TV movies The Crossing, Double Platinum, Titanic and Liberty.
Mr Rees, former Associate Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, directed, among others, Julius Caesar, Turkey Time and John Bull. In America he directed Red Memories (NYSF); Mud, River Stone (Playwrights Horizons); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Old Globe); Arms and the Man (Roundabout), and, an episode of HBO’s OZ. With the much-loved Collegiate Chorale in New York he directed Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Philip Glass’ Juniper Tree, Gershwin’s White House Cantata and Kurt Weill’s Firebrand of Florence.
He conceived and directed Here Lies Jenny, starring Bebe Neuwirth, choreography by Ann Reinking, at the Zipper Theatre, New York, and in San Francisco. Roger, for three years, was the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he directed The Rivals, The Film Society, Simon Grey’s The Late Middle Classes, Anything Goes, Herringbone, starring BD Wong, Double Double and played Petruchio while directing The Taming of the Shrew, opposite Bebe Neuwirth. He continues to tour America with his acclaimed one-man show, WHAT YOU WILL, premiered at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, DC. Mr Rees’ latest project, Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan, written by Rick Elice and co-directed with Alex Timbers, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in April 2012.