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?
Both of the film's lead actors, Tom Courtenay
and Albert Finney
, came from North of Watford in England. Both of their careers as actors had emerged during the 1960s, particularly in the British "kitchen sink' / "angry young man" melodramas of the period. Ironically though, the two hardly knew each other. 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
Now where was I? Oh yes. So Davenport-Scott said to me...
Do you mind SHUTTING UP?
Remade as The Dresser
A Nice Cup of Tea
Lyrics by A.P. Herbert
and music by Henry Sullivan
Sung by Tom Courtenay
(as Norman) See more