He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Greg Hicks, John Woodvine, Bob Peck and Ian McDiarmid in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.
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In Julius Caesar, I died early in the scene and used to fall asleep under the shield until I was waken up by applause. I didn't have any lines, other than "The Queen!" or "Ah, my Lord!" for four years. -- RR, commenting on his first few years as a bit actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Won Broadway's 1982 Tony Award as Best Actor for playing the title role in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," a role he recreated in the television version with the same title, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
(1982). He was also nominated for a Tony Award in the same category in 1995 for "Indiscretions."
Rich smooth voice