In the closing months of World War II aging actor Sir (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Her Ladyship (Emily Watson) bring Shakespeare to the provinces with a company depleted by conscription. Sir is plainly unwell, discharging himself from the hospital and Her Ladyship believes he should cancel his upcoming performance of "King Lear". However, Norman (Sir Ian McKellen), his outspoken, gay dresser disagrees, and is determined that the show will go on, cajoling the confused Sir into giving a performance, one which will be his swan song. At the same time, drawing a parallel between King Lear and his fool as Norman, despite ultimate disappointment, serves his master.
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Did You Know?
Although "Sir" is based on Sir Donald Wolfit
, the action has been transplanted back in time to World War II, a time when the real Wolfit, far from being an elderly actor, poor in health, and prone to lapses in memory, was only about forty, and at the height of his powers. See more
Version of The Dresser
Composed and Performed by Randy Dunn See more