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Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG
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Opened: 05 Oct 2016
Booking from: 13 Jan 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2017
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
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  • fifilou 5"7 female 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Dresser, 7th January 2017
    The show was funny, heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable! The performance by all actors was such a high standard and the show was a pleasure to watch! I would recommend this show and urge people to go and see it before it closes!
    Sat in Stalls L9
    I was originally sitting in P5 but was kindly moved forward by the box office to L9. The view from this was fantastic and amazing value for money, although I'm not sure what this seat would have cost had I not been moved forward! I was slightly concerned that I would not be able to see as the stalls is very much on one level! However I was lucky to have a shorter person in front of me so my view was not obstructed at all! I was able to see the entire stage clearly and could see the expressions and emotions on the actors faces without any problem! There was plenty of legroom and the chairs where incredibly comfy. Would happily sit in this seat again.
    L9 Stalls - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls L9
  • paulfootie 36 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Dresser, 17th October 2016
    A brilliant show! Its about the relationships between the dresser ad the star and that of them and the cast. For anybody who loves theatre this is an excellent 'behind the scenes' show! All the roles were well acted and created the necessary drama and comedy and sadness when needed! The set is fantastic and really gives the feeling of being there and shows the wings, stage and backstage corridors and dressing room fantastically (you'll see what I mean when you go!) A great night out!
    This is a small theatre and so all seats offer a good view. The Upper Circle is a tiered seating so unless there is a really tall person infant of you you should be able to see the stage, may have to lean one way or another to view. I went and it was quiet in the Upper Circle so I could move around etc but even if it was full it would have been ok. The lighting desk for this production is in a box so does not interfere with any view, sounds etc. Rows A-F are standard seats for a theatre. G & H are padded benches at the top of the upper Circle with standing room on either sides of the rows. My seat had a great view (see pic) and could fault it.
    E7 Upper Circle - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle E7
  • paulnp63 6ft male 9 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Dresser, 2nd November 2016
    After a slowish start building the characters, there were comedy moments in the first half, more so as we got to the interval, the start of the second half was really good and funny though. to me Reece seemed to have 10 times more lines than everyone else, but performed them brilliantly, Ken was marvellous playing the sick actor 'Sir' too, very good show and glad I got a ticket to see it :-)
    Sat in Stalls L14
    This was nice seat overall to see all of the stage, it was also slightly offset so you look through the gap of those sitting in front of you if need be. it was quite comfortable too, although I did start to get a bit of a numb bum just before the interval, being 6ft tall I found the leg room was really good too, so overall I liked this seat.
    L14 Stalls - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls L14
  • johng 4 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Dresser, 7th January 2017
    A fantastic production - the whole ensemble was great, not just the headliners (who were brilliant). Great set, great lighting, great costumes, very entertaining, and highly recommended.
    This is a lovely, small theatre, and (unlike some other pricier west-end venues), the seats were reasonably spaced with decent legroom. All the Royal Circle has a very good view - no obstruction from people in front. Even though we were at the far right of the row, only the extreme right corner of the stage was obscured. In terms of accessibility, this row has direct, step-less access from the street and this seat is the closest to the entrance. There is a disabled toilet just outside the auditorium too. Other toilets were much further away.
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    View from Royal Circle D17
THE DRESSER SEATING PLAN
The view from the stalls in Duke of York’s Theatre is very head on, so views from the sides of the stalls can be quite restricted by pillars, especially in rows H to Q. The Royal Circle overhangs the stalls from row J backwards, however assuming that The Dresser will have a fairly flat staging, it is unlikely to massively impede on your view so could offer good value for money compared to the central Stalls.

The front of the Royal Circle can feel very close to the stage, so can offer good value for those that want to be close to the action, while the deep rake means the central seats offer a great view. Both the Royal and Upper Circles are deeply curved, meaning the side seats can be affected much more than in average theatres.
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STORY
A new version of Sir Ronald Harwood’s poignant and hilarious play The Dresser, came back to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 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.
Suitable For
Fans of Sir Ronald Harwood’s other plays such as Quarter and Taking Sides or his film work such as The Pianist and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly should not miss this rare chance to see what many consider his greatest play, performed by an all-star cast in London’s West End.

The stage is very much at the core of this one, and die-hard fans of classical theatre will certainly enjoy the beautiful yet humorous ode to the theatre and the actors of the past.
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