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First Look at Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott in The Dresser
Production photos have been released of Ken Stott, Reece Shearsmith, Selena Cadell and Harriet Thorpe in The Dresser by Sir Ronald Harwood which is currently on a brief UK Tour ahead of an extended run in London's West End at the Duke of York's Theatre from 5 October 2016.
Directed by Sean Foley the production arrives in London following runs in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham. It explores the relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent, Sir, an aged actor-manager who is struggling with his health, and his faithful dresser Norman. Performing Shakespeare in rep as World War II rages around them, the comedy is set backstage in a provincial English theatre. Sir is a dying breed of great English Shakespearean actors who becomes unwilling to perform in King Lear, and Norman continues to prepare him for his greatest stage role. The whole company come together in order for the show to go on, but the fading star creates problems for both the actors and management around him.
The Dresser premiered in March 1980 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester before transferring to the Queen's Theatre in London in April 1980. It went on to be nominated for Best Play at the Society of West End Theatre Awards. A Broadway production ran for 200 performances in 1982 and was nominated for Best Play.
A television version directed by Richard Eyre for the BBC was shown in October 2015 starring Anthony Hopkins as "Sir" and Ian McKellen as Norman.
The Dresser runs at the Duke of York's Theatre from 5 October to 14 January 2017. For more photos and tickets, click below.