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?
The screenplay is by Ronald Harwood
adapted from his own award-winning play, which first captivated audiences on the London and New York stage in 1980. At the time that this movie was first made and released, the play had been translated into twenty-three languages and had enjoyed tremendous success in capital city seasons throughout the world. 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
We all have our little sorrows, ducky; you're not the only one.And the littler you are, the larger the sorrow.You think you love him. What about me?
Version of The Dresser
(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