Roger Rees in
What You Will
Roger Rees presents his funny and irreverent one-man show exploring his relationship with Shakespeare
Booking opens today for a limited season of performances 18th September – 6th October 2012
Tony and Olivier Award winning stage, screen and television actor Roger Rees returns to the West End in What You Will, playing for a limited three-week season at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 18th September 2012.
This hysterical (and occasionally historical) 90-minute gallop through all things Shakespearean is an irreverent one-man everything there is ‘to be or not to be’ about William Shakespeare: the greatest soliloquies ever written along with accounts of the funniest disasters ever perpetrated on the stage. Juliet’s foolish nurse, gory Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard II, even Charles Dickens, James Thurber, Noel Coward and Stevie Wonder all make appearances during the evening.
Drawing on his 22 years as a company member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic for his performance in the title role of The Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby, and playing Hamlet, Berowne, Roderigo, Posthumous, Claudio and countless other Shakespearean roles big and very small, Rees relives the struggles and amusements of his formative years as an actor. The evening is interwoven with the fun, heartbreak, triumphs, jokes and celebrated mishaps that he, and every other actor that ever trod the boards, have encountered when coming face to face with the Bard of Avon.
First performed in 2007 at Folger Theatre, Washington and following a brief run in Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2010, this is the London premiere of Rees’ ninety minute show.
What You Will sees a welcome return to the UK stage for Welsh-born Rees after his recent success as Co-Director of the most-nominated show on Broadway in the 2012 Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatchers. Last seen in the West End opposite Ian McKellen in Waiting For Godot, Rees is known for his television work in Cheers, The West Wing and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as for screen roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Frida and The Prestige amongst numerous other film, television and stage credits.
Press night will be held on Tuesday 18th September 2012 at 7.00pm.
Roger Rees stars in
What You Will
Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
18th September – 6th October 2012
Box Office: 0844 412 4658
Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Ticket Prices: £15.00 / £25.00 / £37.50