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?
Actor Tom Courtenay
said of this film: "The play is about the interaction of the two men, and without denigrating the actors I played opposite in the stage versions (Freddie Jones
and Paul Rogers
) the fact that Albert is what he is (a true theatrical giant) makes it work better as a piece. I know that". 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
My memory is like a policeman. It is never there when you want it.
A Nice Cup of Tea
Lyrics by A.P. Herbert
and music by Henry Sullivan
Sung by Tom Courtenay
(as Norman) See more