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Further cast announced for The Dresser
Further casting has been announced for the West End revival of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood which runs at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End from 5 October 2016 to 14 January 2017, with an official opening night on 12 October.
Joining the previously announced Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith will be Selina Cadell and Harriet Thorpe. The production will be directed by Sean Foley and is produced by Mark Goucher & Mark Rubinstein Ltd and Jonathan Church Productions.
Synopsis: "The heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime." The Dresser first enjoyed a run in both the West End and on Broadway in 1980. The play was then made into a film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, released in 1983 and more recently a BBC television film starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins last year.
The London run will follow performances in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham.
Ken Stott's numerous London stage credits include 'Art', 'A View from the Bridge', 'The Tempest', 'Heroes', 'The Winter's Tale' and 'Uncle Vanya'. He has received four Best Actor Olivier Award Nominations, and has also appeared in many films, including the Oscar Nominated Tolkien trilogy 'The Hobbit', 'The Chronicles Of Narnia', 'The Boxer', 'Shallow Grave' and 'The Debt Collector'. Stott has also been prolific on television, with credits such as Sky Atlantic's British crime thriller 'Fortitude', 'An Inspector Calls', 'The Missing', 'Hancock & Joan', 'Rebus' and 'Messiah'.
Reece Shearsmith's West End theatre credits include 'Absent Friends' at the Harold Pinter Theatre, 'Betty Blue Eyes' at the Novello, 'Ghost Stories' at the Duke of York's, and 'As You Like It' at Wyndham's. On television he is best known for his role in 'The League of Gentlemen', and has also appeared in 'Inside Number 9', 'Doctor Who', 'Psychoville', 'New Tricks', 'Randall & Hopkirk Deceased', 'Mid-Morning Matters with Alan Partridge' and 'Spaced'. Awards include a BAFTA for Best Comedy ('The League of Gentlemen') and a Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Performance ('Inside Number 9').
Selina Cadell most recently starred in the BBC television film 'The Lady Vanishes', and is well known for her role as Mrs Tishell in the television series 'Doc Martin'. Her stage work includes Sam Mendes' productions of The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse.
Harriet Thorpe played the character of Fleur in the BBC TV series 'Absolutely Fabulous'. Her stage credits include Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Almeida and the hit musical, Les Misérables.