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The Dresser

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Closed January 14, 2017

'Ken Stott is magnificent, Reece Shearsmith a revelation'

The Telegraph

Why See The Dresser?

227 Lears... 227 performances of King Lear and I can't remember the first line.

Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star as 'Sir' and his dresser Norman in this highly anticipated revival of Ronald Harwood's affectionate portrait of an aging talent, the last of the great Shakespearean stage actors and his faithful assistant.

Set during World War Two, we follow 'Sir' and Norman to a provincial theatre where 'Sir' must deliver his famed turn as Lear. As the show and its star begin to crumble, it's up to Norman to rouse another incredible performance out of his troubled boss, as the two finally confront the nature of their co-dependent relationship.

First seen in the West End 1980 with Tom Conti and Freddie Jones, Harwood then went on to adapt his play into a film in 1983, winning an Oscar in the process. More recently, it was made into a television film in 2015, starring Antony Hopkins and Ian McKellen.

A warming and poignant love letter to a lost age of theatre and its characters, The Dresser is highlight recommended for fans of British theatre and the nostalgia of that forgotten era.

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Previews from: 5 October 2016

Opening night: 12 October 2016

Cast and Creative


Reece Shearsmith as Norman
Ken Stott as Sir


Written by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Sean Foley

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Wicked theatrical HUMOUR

Shearsmith's scope as an actor is constantly surprising and magnetic to watch.

Reece Shearsmith shines as the titular dresser in Sean Foley's moving re-staging of this theatrical classic.

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