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The Dresser

Drama based on the Ronald Harwood play about devoted backstage hand Norman as he struggles to support Sir, the brilliant but tyrannical head of a touring theatre company.

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.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Dec 2016 23:30



Role Contributor
Norman Ian McKellen
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Her Ladyship Emily Watson
Madge Sarah Lancashire
Irene Vanessa Kirby
Thornton Edward Fox
Oxenby/Edmund Tom Brooke
Gloucester John Ashton
Kent Ian Conningham
Goneril Annalisa Rossi
Regan Helen Bradbury
Cornwall Carl Sanderson
Albany Matthew Cottle
Gentleman Martin Chamberlain
Writer Ronald Harwood
Producer Suzan Harrison
Director Richard Eyre
Production Company Playground UK Ltd


  • Sat 31 Oct 2015 21:00
  • Sat 31 Oct 2015 22:00
  • Sat 3 Dec 2016 23:00
  • Sat 3 Dec 2016 23:30

Cast and Characters

Cast and Characters

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