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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  • paulfootie 6'3" male 66 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
  • shaun 5"10 male 43 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating The Dresser, 11th October 2016
    The Dresser does a pretty good job at blending comedy and tragedy in an entertaining reflective look at theatre and the art of performing. Reece Shearsmith is fantastic as the flamboyant and manic dresser Norman who slowly descends into drunken disarray while Ken Stott performs well against him as the limelight obsessed declining actor known as ‘Sir’. There are funny moments throughout, but none of the jokes are particularly hilarious, with the more emotive sections working better. A lot of the humour comes in references to Shakespearean theatre so perhaps more recommended for a theatre-geek audience.
    Sat in Stalls K13
    The seat was comfortable with good leg room. The view of the stage is very central and not too far away. The one slight downside is there isn’t a huge slope down the stalls to the stage, meaning that if you have taller audience members in front of you, they can get slightly in the way. As the rows are staggered however this isn’t too bad.
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    View from Stalls K13
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  • 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.
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    View from Stalls L14
  • joc78 5"4 female 178 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Dresser, 11th October 2016
    A very good show. The two lead actors Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in particular were excellent. I found it funny, moving and emotional. Some parts could be a bit sharper but having seen it in preview, there is the scope to improve it further. A thoroughly enjoyable evening's entertainment with excellent performances
    Sat in Stalls K2
    A very good view of the set, albeit you are on the far left of the stage so can't see everything that happens on that side. It didn't matter much for this particular production as there were only a few scenes that occurred in that area. The leg room isn't great but the seat is fairly comfortable
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    View from Stalls K2
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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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.
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.

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children