After more than two decades as an RSC company member, Roger Rees knows just as much about playing Shakespeare as about the works themselves. Something immediately evident to audiences of his 90-minute "gallop through all things Shakespearean".
As you might expect from a 'one-man show', Rees takes on a number of famous (and infamous) characters form the Bard's canon, plus a handful of less obvious personas. There are, of course, appearances from Macbeth, Hamlet and Richard II, but you might be surprised to hear from Charles Dickens, or the clipped RP of Noël Coward or even Stevie Wonder.
A one-man Shakespeare show sounds ever so earnest, egotistical even, but What You Will would appear to be anything but. Instead, it is fast-paced, funny and refreshingly un-esoteric despite the player's obvious position at the heart of the theatrical establishment. The run follows Roger Rees' return to the West End stage in 2010, to star opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Waiting For Godot.
What You Will plays for a limited three-week run at the Shaftesbury Avenue Apollo from 18th September to 6th October 2012. We have tickets available now, priced from just £15 for balcony seats to £55 for the very best stalls.
The revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, starring David Suchet, runs at the Apollo until 18th August.