The 7 PM event promises "everything there is 'to be or not to be' about William Shakespeare: the greatest soliloquies ever written next to side-splitting accounts of the funniest disasters ever perpetrated on the stage. There's Romeo, Juliet's foolish Nurse, gory Macbeth, Hamlet, and the oh-so-tragic Richard II, joined by the likes of Charles Dickens, James Thurber, Noël Coward, and Stevie Wonder."
Rees is stepping in for Brian Bedford, who was originally announced to perform his one-man show about Shakespeare, The Lunatic, The Lover and the Poet, that evening.
Rees won the Best Actor Tony Award for playing the title role in The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; he was a Tony nominee for Indiscretions. He is also the co-director of the Broadway-bound production of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Welsh-born Rees also appeared on stage in New York City in the Flaherty/Ahrens musical A Man of No Importance for Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi Newhouse. Other Broadway credits include the Roundabout productions of Uncle Vanya and The Rehearsal. Off-Broadway, he starred in The End of the Day (for which he received an Obie Award) and The Uneasy Chair at Playwrights Horizons, plus The Misanthrope for Classic Stage Company. In London, he starred in the original productions of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and Hapgood. He appeared with Ian McKellen in the acclaimed West End production of Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket earlier this season.