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?
Actors Albert Finney
and Tom Courtenay
both received Academy Award Best Actor nominations for this film. The picture is a rare instance where the one film received two Best Actor Oscar nominations, a feat that would be repeated the following year with Amadeus
(1984), where actors Tom Hulce
and F. Murray Abraham
were also both Best Actor Oscar nominated. 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
[as a train is leaving a station
Stop that train!
[the train stops at once
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