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?
based his play "The Dresser" (and this film's subsequent screenplay) and the biography "Sir Donald Wolfit
CBE: His life and work in the Unfashionable Theatre" on his experiences as an actor and dresser for renowned Shakespearian actor Donald Wolfit
and his Shakespeare Company. Harwood was Wolfit's dresser between 1953 and 1958. 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
I had a friend...
Referenced in A Rather English Marriage