Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
The Dresser - Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
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An emotional story that has captured the hearts of audiences since it was first staged in the West End in 1980, The Dresser is a compelling and memorable play that returns to the capital in 2016 for a run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith will take on the lead role of actor and personal assistant in the production as they follow in the footsteps of numerous acclaimed performers who have previously portrayed the parts over the decades. Meanwhile, directing duties fall upon Sean Foley, who has been behind a wealth of well known shows in recent years.
For The Dresser we are taken back to a time of war and we meet the actor as he faces a turbulent regional theatre industry, with Norman, his dresser/personal assistant – attempting to steer the course back on track and to keep his career alive.
Ronald Harwood’s original story, whilst released in 1980, has been kept alive with numerous revivals in the decades since. With the emotional and heartfelt story described above it is no wonder, with audiences receiving a 1983 film version with Albert Finnay and Tom Courtenay and a 2015 update with Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen.
But now it is the turn of Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith to inhabit these roles. The performers are both familiar to audiences, with Stott appearing in the likes of Rebus, Messiah and The Hobbit Trilogy, plus stage shows like A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Shearsmith, meanwhile, is best known for comedy work with The League Of Gentlemen, Inside No. 9 and Psychoville.
And whilst those names will entice audiences to the Duke of York’s Theatre, the director in Sean Foley will also be cause for celebration. Foley recently directed The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre and returns to the venue next year to direct The Miser with Griff Rhys Jones. Meanwhile, he has previously been behind the likes of What The Butler Saw at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The Dresser will return to the capital for an anticipated run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Wednesday 12th October 2016 (with previews beginning on Wednesday 5th October 2016).
Show & Venue InformationDuke of Yorks Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Wednesday, 05 October 2016
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
2 hours 45 min with one interval