The Dresser Tickets
The Dresser was a new major revival of Sir Ronald Harwood’s classic play, which followed an aging thespian’s personal assistant, who attempts to hold together the life and career of his employer. Both touching and often hilarious, this new version of The Dresser at Duke of York’s Theatre starred Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith, with performances having run from the 5th October 2016.
Focusing on the reluctant relationship between the aging actor ‘Sir’ and his personal assistant Norman, as he struggles to keep his charge’s life and career on track, this is a highly anticipated revival of a greatly affectionate and intelligent play about the theatre.
As World War II ominously looms in the background, the two men wind up rather grudgingly being co-dependent on each other in the backstage of a provincial English Theatre. The troubled Sir, a once-famous classical actor who is now reaching the end of his career, refuses to perform in his renowned role as King Lear.
It is down to the resolute dresser Norman to get one last great performance out of the man who feels like the last of a dying breed of fine English Shakespearean actors. But will he succeed?
Reece Shearsmith took on the role of the exasperated dresser Norman. Probably best known as the creator of The League of Gentlemen, Shearsmith has gone on to achieve great success on both stage and screen, starring in movies such as High Rise and A Field In England, as well as recently having roles in the acclaimed black comedy Hangmen.
He was joined by Ken Stott playing character of the aging ‘Sir’. Stott received an Olivier Award Winner in 1995 for his role in the National Theatre production of Broken Glass and has became much loved by a wider international audience for his roles as the Scottish detective Rubus as well as the dwarf Balin in The Hobbit film trilogy.
The Dresser is renowned as Sir Ronald Harwood’s greatest play, having received much acclaim, being nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards, as well as Harwood’s own film adaptation being Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award nominated.
With a multi-award winning cast and creative team, and being directed by Sean Foley (Jeeves and Wooster, The Ladykillers) this was one of the most talked about West End plays of winter 2016.
The Dresser opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in October and ran through until Saturday 14th January 2017.