The Dresser
by Ronald Harwood
April 1994

One of the greatest portraits of life in the theatre, Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser tells the story of one fateful night in a small regional theatre during World War Two as a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Bombs are falling, the sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser Norman must scramble to keep the production alive, but will Sir turn up in time and if he does, will he be able to perform that night?

 

 

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