About Colin David Reese
Colin David Reese was born in 1950 in London, the son of celebrated radio actor Harold Reese, and first appeared on stage at the age of 5. His first professional appearance, at the age of 12, was in musical fantasy, All the King's Men, about the life of Shakespeare, where he played the Bard's illegitimate son.
In 1967, Colin went into professional theatre in Plymouth, appearing in several plays including Romeo and Juliet directed by Joan Knight. In 1968 he was cast in Alan Bennett’s 40 Years On at the Apollo Theatre in London, which starred Sir John Gielgud, Paul Eddington, and Alan Bennett and was directed by Patrick Garland.
After a number of years in small parts, Colin saved enough money to study at the world renowned Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, which gave him the grounding in all aspects of acting, with an emphasis on the classics.
In 1979, Colin appeared in a 7-month run at the Haymarket Theatre in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth directed by Harold Pinter and starring Lauren Bacall. In the same year he set up his own company, Jericho Theatrical Productions. specifically to produce a play composed with his father of Shakespearean love scenes. It was during the research for this project that Colin's true obsession with the playwright began.
After a great deal more in-depth research, he discovered the strong influence of Commedia dell' Arte in the Bard's work. Following from this, he moved to France where he spent two years studying with world-famous Commedia dell' Arte practitioner, Jacques Lecoq.
With an encyclopaedic knowledge of Shakespeare and his world, techniques learned from Jacques Lecoq, 40 years of stage experience, 10 years teaching workshops, and classical theatre training, Colin David Reese's workshops offer a unique insight into the world’s greatest playwright's work.