A star-studded cast has been assembled for this revival of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, with Sean Foley returning to the West End.
The acclaimed show was first seen back in the 1980s and was even adapted into a feature film, so its return to the capital is bound to have fans greatly anticipating a great night at the theatre. But to add to this anticipation the production also boasts Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in the lead roles, both of whom have made names for themselves on the stage and screen.
The story takes us back to the times of the war, where we meet an actor and his personal assistant Norman – the dresser of the title – with the latter striving to keep the show going and keeping his employer’s career alive. The actor is involved in regional theatre, but with the war waging on it is struggling to stay afoot.
The emotional play has had many fans since its first West End run in 1980 and this time around audiences across the country get a look-in as well, with The Dresser touring the UK before its new West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
And this time around Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith step into the roles played by Albert Finnay and Tom Courtenay in the 1983 film version (and by Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellan in the 2015 BBC film). Stott and Shearsmith will be instantly recognisable to audiences across the country thanks to their numerous credits. Stott has appeared in everything from Messiah and An Inspector Calls to Friends and Rebus, whilst Shearsmith is best known as a member of The League Of Gentlemen.
Then there’s director Sean Foley, whose most recent work in the capital was The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season. His credits also include I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical at the London Palladium and What The Butler Saw at the Vaudeville Theatre. He also turns his attentions to The Miser next year when he directs Griff Rhys Jones at the Garrick Theatre.
The Dresser makes its anticipated return to the West End when it opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Wednesday 12th October 2016 (with previews from Wednesday 5th October 2016).
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