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Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith to star in The Dresser
Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith will star in a revival of The Dresser, by Ronald Harwood, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End from 5 October 2016 to to 14 January 2017, with an official opening night on 12 October. The run will follow performances in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham.
It has also been announced that Sean Foley will direct The Miser, the classic Molière comedy, at the Garrick Theatre from 1 March 2017, starring Griff Rhys Jones. Further details on this production can be read here.
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.
Sean Foley, who recently directed 'The Painkiller' starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon at the Garrick Theatre, will direct this new production of The Dresser, which is being 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."
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 Wyndhams. 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').
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