Roger Rees
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Performing Artist, Carnegie Hall artist
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Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute

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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.

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At 12:23pm on April 3, 2013, Amanda F. Jacobsen DeLalla said…

Hello Roger, my name is Amanda (faith) and I'm relatively new...I'm a musical theatre actress

At 11:11pm on February 6, 2013, Jonah Verdon said…

Hi Roger, I was just watching TV and there you were on The Middle! What an awesome surprise. Great job, you were hilarious!! :-) Jonah

At 12:06am on June 19, 2012, Jonah Verdon said…

Hi Roger, I just wanted to tell you that it was so great to meet you when I was in New York last week!  When I was at the 'Peter' book event I was happy to see you were there too, and even happier that you took the time to talk with me. Thank you! It was such a great event and I was thankful for the chance to meet you in person. :-)


At 1:43pm on June 13, 2012, Morgan Snowden said…

Hi Mr Rees, I just posted a video as an answer to your request on the video chat last Tuesday night. You and Leslie asked me to learn & sing a song that was softer than Gimme Gimme. So I thought I would try Home from Beauty & The Beast. I would love to have any feedback you have. Thanks so much!

At 8:28pm on June 4, 2012, Tony Ponella said…

Awesome chat tonight! Thanks for answering my question about the music in "Peter and the Starcatcher". The music really added so much! I truly enjoyed the entire production! thing I noticed...Tonight, when you were chatting with Morgan, you said that she was beautiful, with which I totally agree. However, when you were video chatting with me last time after my video, your comment was, "You're funny!".....Should I be concerned?.... :)

Seriously though, thank you for all of your advice and this whole experience! I'll be rooting for you on Sunday!

At 7:34pm on June 4, 2012, Josie Rose Duncan said…

Thankyou so much for your wonderful advice, i wish you the best of luck! Also, your Scottish accent was top quality haha! 

At 5:35pm on May 30, 2012, Ben Farmer said…

I just posted an audio file of my singing of "Giants in the Sky" from Into the Woods on the Musical Theater group and your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

At 4:46pm on May 30, 2012, Carmen Zavaleta said…

Hello Roger, I`m Carmen. I`m an actress from Mexico City, and  i`m working at Cedart Diego Rivera. I was reading what you said to Juliette about “back- story”. I`m interested and I’m thinking: what is the most important for an actor at the musical theater, thinking about music or thinking about a character? thanks.

At 11:13am on May 20, 2012, Victoria Ioannou said…

thank you =]

At 8:32pm on May 9, 2012, Damon McToy said…

Thank you so much for the compliments!

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