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
played the dresser Norman on both the West End London stage and New York Broadway theatrical seasons and then reprized the role in this film version. Courtenay was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Drama. 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
227 Lears... 227 performances of King Lear and I can't remember the first line.
Referenced in A Rather English Marriage
God Save the King
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played by the theatre orchestra and sung by the theatre audience See more