With this web site I am trying to introduce Roger to all the people who do not know who he is but have probably seen his face or heard his voice in something at some time. Roger Allam is one of those actors who seems to be in a lot of things but no-one really seems to know who he is. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981 and has been with them, on and off, for many seasons. He was the original (and in my opinion the best) Javert in Les Misérables, first creating the role for the RSC at The Barbican back in 1984 and then transferring with it to The Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue for the whole of 1985. He has played many and varied roles with the RSC, has appeared in several TV series and has made several films. It is his gorgeous voice who graces the original cast recording of Les Misérables and he has been in many radio plays for the BBC. He has made several appearances in The West End and in recent years most of his work has been with The National Theatre Company where he finally won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. In February 2002 he finally won the much deserved Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance as Terri Dennis in Privates on Parade.
Roger is a very nice man who I have met on several occasions after standing outside a stage door (normally in the freezing cold), waiting to congratulate him on another excellent performance and to ask for his autograph. Sometimes he is chatty and sometimes he is in a hurry to get away, but he is always very gracious and appreciative of his audience.
The two pictures on this page were taken outside the Comedy Theatre after a performance of What The Night Is For, which I went to see with my good friend Marilyn who is also a big fan. Between us, we have seen just about everything that Roger has ever been in and are constantly striving to find out what he will be doing next.
Roger has now given me permission to make this the official fan site for which I am very grateful and I hope that it will help me to make the information on here more accurate and up-to-date.
If you have any information or pictures that you think I could use then please email me.
Endeavour Series 5 will start filming in April 2017 and will result in a series of 6 episodes rather than just 4. Read more here.
The Government Inspector
Roger will be playing The Governor in the BBC Radio 3 play The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol to be broadcast on Saturday 5th February 2017 at 9pm. This play will be available to listen to on-line shortly after broadcast from this link – Drama on 3
Adapted by Adrian Mitchell from Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire, the drama concerns the corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Governor (Roger Allam), who react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. When Khlestakov (Lenny Henry), a penniless nobody from Moscow, is mistaken for this government inspector, a tangled web of misunderstandings ensues. Gogol portrays officialdom as self-satisfied philistines occupying positions for which they are ill-suited.
From 2nd March 2017 Roger will be appearing at the Donmar Warehouse in Limehouse by Steve Waters. Roger plays the part of Roy Jenkins alongside Nathalie Armin, Debra Gillett, Paul Chahidi, Tom Goodman-Hill, and directed by Polly Findlay. Limehouse imagines what happened when the so-called ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away form the Labour party and form the Social Democratic Party. The four politicians were Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams, and the play gets its name form the Limehouse Declaration which the group issued to signal their intent to break away from Labour.
The last performance of this play is 15th April and tickets are currently very limited. For more information and booking details go here.