Roger Gartland worked for 10 years in repertory theatre before joining the National Theatre in London. At the National his roles included ‘Electra’ in Peter Hall’s all-male, masked production of ‘The Oresteia’, ‘Serknitz’ in the premiere of ‘Undiscovered Country’ by Tom Stoppard and ‘Viridio’ in ‘The Romans in Britain’ (1980). At the Aldwych Theatre in 1988 he played ‘Maggs’, Felicity Kendal’s secretary in the premiere of Stoppard’s spy thriller, ‘Hapgood’. Roger has played several seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe, where his roles included the Gravedigger in Mark Rylance’s ‘Hamlet’ (2000).
With other National Theatre players in 1984 he formed the touring theatre company ‘Not The National Theatre’ whose patrons were Ian McKellen and the late Harold Pinter. In 1985 ‘Not The National Theatre’ took Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’ and ‘The Caretaker’ to Romania and the former Czechoslovakia, (the first small scale British company to tour there). In 1992 the company took Dickens’s ‘Hard Times’ in an adaptation by Stephen Jeffreys to Argentina in a visit which coincided with the return of a British Embassy to Buenos Aires.
Recently he has recorded an audiobook ‘Recovering From Multiple Sclerosis’, twelve stories of real-life recovery from MS, one of which tells the story of his son.
In 2018 he recorded the voiceover for the trailer of the film, ‘The Great NHS Heist’ and was one of the readers at the first performance of, ‘May Days’ by William Alderson, a poem about the Grenfell fire performed at the Playground Theatre, North Kensington, London.