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 amazingly replicated the following year with another British film 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
The critics? No, I have nothing but compassion for them. How can I hate the crippled, the mentally deficient, and the dead?