Roger first appeared on stage at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1963 as a monk in John Osborne’s Luther directed by Bernard Hepton. His first play The Commission, directed by Peter James, was performed at the Everyman in 1967.
Born in Litherland, he attended St Mary’s College, Crosby before going to Hull University where he began writing poetry, while attempting his first translations of Molière. After four years of teaching he joined up with John Gorman and Michael McCartney to form The Scaffold.
The author of more than fifty books he is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and an Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University, and has D.Litts from the universities of Liverpool, Hull and Roehampton.
In 2001 he was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, along with Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE for services to literature.
This is the third time Roger has adapted Molière’s work, the first being Tartuffe in 2008, followed by The Hypochondriac in 2009.