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?
The original Broadway production of "The Dresser" by Ronald Harwood
opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York on 9th November 1981 and ran for 200 performances until 1st May 1982. The production was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for the Best Play. 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
No, I haven't been happy. Yes, it's been worth it.
Version of 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