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Robert Grubb

Alfred P. Doolittle - Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra

Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1978, Robert has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. His musical theatre credits include the 2001-2002 tour of Mamma Mia!, the Really Useful Company’s 1996 production of Sunset Boulevard, eventually taking over the role of Norma's butler and ex-husband, Max; and the title role in Ken Hill’s The Phantom of the Opera in 1995.  He appeared in the highly successful Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of rock band Queen, which toured Australia in 2005/6 and Japan in 2007. Playing the role of Pop in We Will Rock You garnered Robert a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. His most recent musical theatre credits include the workshop production of Eddie Perfect's Shane Warne - The Musical (directed by Neil Armfield) and the role of Doolittle in the forthcoming Australian tour of Opera Australia's My Fair Lady.

Robert has starred in some of Australia’s best loved films, including Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Phar Lap, Peter Weir’s Gallipoli and Gillian Armstrong’s breakthrough film My Brilliant Career.

However it was the role of Dr Geoff Standish in the popular TV series The Flying Doctors in the late 80s and early 90s that made Robert a familiar face in Australia and beyond.  More recent television credits include McLeods Daughters, All Saints, Curtin,  MDA, The Secret Life of Us, SeaChange and The Potato Factory.  Robert played opposite David Wenham in 2003’s critically acclaimed CoxKnight miniseries After the Deluge.  He also appeared in the Stephen King TV adaptation of Salem’s Lot, from Band of Brothers director Mikael Salomon. Robert's most recent television appearance was as the Scottish sea captain, Salty Ben, in The Lost Treasure of Fiji.

Robert has a wealth of stage experience.  A particular highlight was his tour de force performance in the central role of Rene Gallimard in the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC)/Harry M. Miller co-production of M. Butterfly.  Other MTC credits include Company and Into the Woods for director Roger Hodgman, and Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Stoppard’s Arcadia and the French farce A Flea in Her Ear for director Simon Phillips.  Robert has also worked for most of the other major Australian theatre companies including Nimrod, Playbox, the Queensland Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company.  He has appeared in some 25 productions for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and was a member of the acclaimed Lighthouse Company alongside such luminaries as Jim Sharman, Nick Enright, Neil Armfield, Louis Nowra and Geoffrey Rush.

In 2000, Robert directed and performed in an adaptation of Tennyson’s Enoch Arden for the Melbourne stage.  The production was a critical and audience success and earned Robert a Green Room Award nomination for his performance.

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