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?
One of the critic's names on a quote on the theater foyer reviews board is "R. Harwood" of the fictitious 'Portsmouth and Gosport Express'. The name is a reference to Ronald Harwood
, the film's screenwriter, source playwright and also one of the film's producers. 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
[to the ambitious young Irene
Never mind the young Cordelia, ducky. He wants a *light* Cordelia!... It's not youth or talent or star quality he's after, ducky, but a moderate eater!
A Nice Cup of Tea
Lyrics by A.P. Herbert
and music by Henry Sullivan
Sung by Tom Courtenay
(as Norman) See more