In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis. Written by
What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.
Did You Know?
In the film the performance of "King Lear" that Sir (Albert Finney
) prepares for and performs is Sir's 227th time playing Lear. See more
After Sir and Norman leave the marketplace, they're passed by a Routemaster bus. These buses were first used in London in 1954, and weren't used outside London until the 1970's. See more
No, I haven't been happy. Yes, it's been worth it.
Referenced in A Rather English Marriage
(We're Going To Hang Out) The Washing the Siegfried Line
Music by Michael Carr
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by Tom Courtenay
(as Norman) See more