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The Dresser

In a touring Shakespearean theatre company, backstage hand Norman is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company, Sir. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company works to carry on during the London blitz during World War II. The pathos of his backstage efforts rivals the pathos in Shakespeare's story of Lear and the Fool from his play King Lear, which is being presented on stage, as the situation comes to a crisis.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Dec 2016 23:30
BBC Two Scotland


Role Contributor
NormanIan McKellen
SirAnthony Hopkins
Her LadyshipEmily Watson
MadgeSarah Lancashire
IreneVanessa Kirby
ThorntonEdward Fox
Oxenby/EdmundTom Brooke
GloucesterJohn Ashton
KentIan Conningham
GonerilAnnalisa Rossi
ReganHelen Bradbury
CornwallCarl Sanderson
AlbanyMatthew Cottle
GentlemanMartin Chamberlain
WriterRonald Harwood
ProducerSuzan Harrison
DirectorRichard Eyre
Production CompanyPlayground UK Ltd

Cast and Characters


Meet the theatre company that tours the country while the blitz rages on.