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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Folger Theatre hosts the world premiere of What You Will: By and About the Bard, a new one-man show by Royal Shakespeare Company alum and Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees. Produced by Folger Theatre in a special engagement of only five performances, the show is presented in conjunction with the Shakespeare in Washington festival and Folger Shakespeare Library’s 75th Anniversary.

Rees achieved stardom in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby_, which he later reprised for the television adaptation of the play. His illustrious career spans stage (_Indiscretions, The Real Thing, Hamlet), film (“The Prestige,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Frida”), and television (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing,” “Cheers”), and he is also an accomplished playwright and stage director. Rees is currently the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“Not only do we remember his stunning performance in the RSC’s epic Nickleby, but also his moving Hamlet, which remains a personal highlight after seeing it in London’s Barbican Center,” says Folger Theatre Artistic Producer Janet Alexander Griffin. “We are tremendously fortunate to have him come and be part of the Shakespeare celebrations this spring and know his show will impress and delight.”

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