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Sean Foley Directs The Dresser and The Miser in the West End

Friday, 27th May 2016  

The Dresser - Duke of York's Theatre, London

Sean Foley will have a considerable presence in the West End this year and next as he directs two shows arriving at the Duke of York’s Theatre and the Garrick Theatre – The Dresser and The Miser.

The former will star Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in lead roles whilst the latter will feature a performance from Griff Rhys Jones. Both shows will also appear at venues across the United Kingdom ahead of their arrivals in London.

First of all, let’s turn our attentions to The Dresser, which opens first when it plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre in October. Ronald Harwood penned the show for release in 1980 and it was also later adapted into a film.

It is set during the war and focuses on an actor and his personal assistant, the latter striving to maintain his employer’s career by keeping the show going.

Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith play this actor-dresser duo and both of them will naturally be familiar to audiences headed to the West End. The former has appeared in Friends, The Missing and The Hobbit trilogy in addition to A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Meanwhile, the latter is best known as a member of The League Of Gentlemen.

The Dresser is at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Wednesday 12th October 2016 (previews from Wednesday 5th October 2016). It will also be seen in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham prior to its arrival at the West End theatre.

Meanwhile, The Miser is a much older play, having been penned by Moliere and first performed in 1668. Sean Foley has worked with Phil Porter for this new adaptation and Griff Rhys Jones will take on the lead role in a story that focuses on the frugal miser of the title.

Rhys Jones, like Shearsmith, is best known to UK audiences for his comedy work, notably as a double act with Mel Smith called Smith And Jones.

The Miser runs at the Garrick Theatre from Monday 13th March 2017 (previews from Wednesday 1st March 2017). It will also be seen at locations in Bath and Richmond prior to its West End arrival.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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