You probably know Roger Rees from his TV work — Robin Colcord on “Cheers,” the British ambassador on “The West Wing” and the doctor with a thing for Christina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
But if that’s all you know of Rees, prepare to see the real thing. The TV work is great (and even one of the world’s greatest actors has to pay the bills), but in July, Bay Area audiences will be treated to Rees on stage, all by himself in What You Will, a 90-minute, one-man show through all things Shakespearean.
Rees, a Tony and Olivier award winner for his mind-blowing work in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s monumental The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, presents the greatest soliloquies from Shakespeare and tells backstage tales of the funniest disasters ever perpetrated on a Shakespearean stage. Romeo, Juliet, Juliet’s nurse, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard II and even Charles Dickens, James Thurber, Noel Coward and Stevie Wonder make appearances in What You Will.
The show runs July 18-Aug. 9 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco. Tickets are $29-$85. Call 415-749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org for information. Special “groundling seat” tickets at the front of the orchestra will be old to students each night for $20.