ROGER REES (1944-2015)

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.


Late as it is, I must mark the passing of Roger Rees. I visited him when I was working in New York last month; he was in hospital and on the last occasion, just two weeks and a day ago, he was sitting up in a chair surrounded by friends. I asked if I might read from my book, part of the chapter on Nicholas Nickleby, the section entitled ‘In Praise of Roger Rees’.

Today Emily and I find words inadequate. We will only venture that a light has been extinguished, but those of us who knew him, those who ever saw him, will see the lasting afterglow.

Roger and Emily as Nicholas and Kate Nickleby
4 thoughts on “ROGER REES (1944-2015)”
  • RichHaz Luetchford

    Roger was a special human being who had the remarkable gift of making us all feel special too.You are right though,words cannot express emotions at this time

  • Kate

    My condolences to you and your wife. I'm sure he was glad to see you before he left us. So sorry. It must hurt.


  • Kathleen Huber

    I, too, mourn the loss of beautiful Roger Rees. Watching you and Emily and Mr. Rees in "Nicholas Nickleby" remains the most thrilling theatrical experience of my life. I was lucky enough to have seen him quite recently in "The Winslow Boy" on Broadway. He always made me feel proud of our profession.

  • Linda Briggs

    I am lucky to have so many memories of Roger's performances. The many tributes have been touching – so much love and appreciation. I know that in 2011 he attended the funeral of our mutual friend Jack Seaton, which I was unfortunately not able to do.

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