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The Dresser

26 to 30 Oct 2021

Richmond Theatre

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit's dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood's evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
The Dresser at Richmond Theatre

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Show details

Synopsis


It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as 'Sir', is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.


It is down to Norman, Sir's devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on.


For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir's wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.


Background information, advisory warnings


Age suitability: Not available


Renowned as Ronald Harwood’s greatest play, The Dresser has been nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards as well as an Academy Award for the screenplay of the film.


Norman will be played by one of the UK's most unique and best loved entertainers.


Julian Clary's successes include television, radio, films, writing and stand-up comedy, which he has performed all over the world.


His West End starring roles range from London Palladium pantomimes to Taboo.


Playing 'Sir' will be Matthew Kelly, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men.


His other West End credits include Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida.


His many television credits include the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On.


Ronald Harwood's plays include Taking Sides, Equally Divided and Quartet.


His screenplay for the film of The Dresser, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay.


He won an Academy Award for The Pianist.


Terry Johnson is the recipient of a dozen major theatre awards.


His directing credits in Bath include Mrs.


Henderson Presents, Hysteria and The Libertine.


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Theatre


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Box office tel: 0844 871 7651

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 26 October 2021

Closes:Saturday 30 October 2021

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm

Thursday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Running time: To be confirmed

Tickets


Standard:
From £13

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Cast


Julian Clary - Norman

Matthew Kelly - Sir


Creatives


Author: Ronald Harwood
Director: Terry Johnson

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