Robin read Philosophy and English at St Andrews University and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Much of his early career was involved with Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Joining the company in 1976 as an actor, he was appointed Associate Director in 1979 and was Artistic Director from 1986 to 1988. Robin has appeared in the original production of more Ayckbourn plays than any other actor, from TEN TIMES TABLE in 1977 to HENCEFORWARD… in 1987, and including the monster 16-play two-hander INTIMATE EXCHANGES. He came to London with SEASON’S GREETINGS and SUBURBAN STRAINS (Roundhouse), INTIMATE EXCHANGES (Ambassadors) and HENCEFORWARD… (Vaudeville).
While Artistic Director at Scarborough, he commissioned and directed Stephen Mallatratt’s phenomenally successful adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, which has been running in the West End for 30 years, and has completed 12 national tours. He always personally directs every recast, and has also directed productions of the play abroad: in Tokyo (in Japanese!), America, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
Other London productions include THE GLORY OF THE GARDEN, (Duke of Yorks), ROUGH JUSTICE (Apollo), JOKING APART and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Greenwich) and THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Duchess)
Elsewhere, directorial credits include SERJEANT MUSGRAVE’S DANCE, ALL MY SONS, TWELFTH NIGHT, OLD TIMES, CLOUDS, BUTLEY, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, TOUCH WOOD AND WHISTLE, CALLING, SPOKESONG, GETTING ON, TAPSTER, JUST BETWEEN OURSELVES, FORTY YEARS ON, A GOING CONCERN and WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS (Scarborough), HARD TIMES (Croydon Warehouse), LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Old Laundry Bowness), TEN TIMES TABLE, SISTERLY FEELINGS, WOMAN IN MIND and THE CONSTANT WIFE (Windsor), MAN OF THE MOMENT (Chester), ABSENT FRIENDS and SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (World Tours), BEDROOM FARCE (Lyceum Edinburgh), A GOING CONCERN (Nuffield Southampton), TIME OF MY LIFE, TAKING STEPS, PERFECT DAYS, SHINING CITY (Derby Playhouse), TALKING HEADS, APRIL IN PARIS, (Northcott Exeter),TIME AND TIME AGAIN (Salisbury) and THE RIVALS (Vienna). Most recent regional productions are HAY FEVER (Basingstoke), EDUCATING RITA, SUGAR DADDIES (Sonning), HOME, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, PROOF, THE MORTAL ASH, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, BLITHE SPIRIT, PRIVATE LIVES, BEDROOM FARCE, TAKING STEPS and BOEING BOEING (Coliseum Oldham) and THE PRICE (New Vic, Stoke on Trent).
National tours include RELATIVELY SPEAKING, CONFUSIONS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, CORPSE!, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, BEDROOM FARCE, SEASON'S GREETINGS, RAIN MAN and DUET FOR ONE.
As an actor, Robin’s radio credits are numerous, and his TV appearances include ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, CASUALTY and THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE. Most recently, he has played the lead role of Arthur Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK in Singapore, India, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He can also be seen this Spring in KILLING TIME in New York at the 59e59st. theatre and in Barney Norris’ play VISITORS at the Oldham Coliseum.
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