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Duke of Yorks Theatre, London4.7135 reviews
In wartorn Britain, most actors find themselves in uniforms -- but the show must go on... with the help of The Dresser

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A major revival of The Dresser by Academy award winning author Sir Ronald Harwood at the Duke of Yorks this autumn, including stars such as Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith and directed by Sean Foley.

‘I loved this Dresser.  Sean Foley’s fine production wrings plenty of laughs.’ -- Daily Mail
‘A brilliant production’ -- Sunday Express
‘A double act to treasure.  Ken Stott is magnificent.  Reece Shearsmith is a revelation’
-- Telegraph
‘A very funny revival of Ronald Harwood’s terrific tragicomedy’ -- Observer

‘A beautifully acted production’ -- The Stage
Ken Stott makes a stage appearance in the classic comedy-drama The Dresser alongside Reece Shearsmith, well-known from his roles in The League of Gentlemen and Inside Number 9 one of the most distinguished actors of his generation.

Ageing actor manager, ‘Sir’, is struggling to keep a grip on his sanity and complete his 227th performance of King Lear. Despite bombs destroying theatres, the show is scheduled and nothing can come in its way. Ensuring that it does is Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, who for sixteen years has been there to fix his wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.

The play was first perfomed in 1980 in the West End and on Broadway, and in 1983 it was filmed, starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay and receiving multiple film awards.

From the writer of the Oscar-winning film The Pianist Ronald Harwood, The Dresser has been nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards as well as an Academy Award for the screenplay of the film. With a multi-award winning creative team of Ken Stott (Rebus, God of Carnage), Reece Shearsmith and Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster) this promises to be an unmissable production of a theatrical classic.

The Dresser is a wonderfully moving and hilarious portrait of backstage life - a truly theatrical treat!

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Additional Information

Running time

2 hours 45 min with one interval

Performance dates

5 October 2016 to 14 January 2017

Venue Information

Duke of Yorks TheatreSt Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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NO BOOKING FEE OFFER: Valid ALL performances 26 November 2016 - 14 January 2017. Subject to availability.

Customer Reviews

135 reviews4.7

Sandra Scott17th January

Great acting and set design -estupendo

Mike Gardner16th January

What a wonderful evening's entertainment! This was the third time my wife and I had seen The Dresser over the years, but this was outstandingly the best. Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith were just excellent and splendidly supported by the rest of the cast.

Susan Varnals15th January

Brilliant show. Great performances by all the class.

Elizabeth King15th January

Absolutely brilliant! Funny and poignant. Exceptional cast! ??

Peter Austin15th January

Our enjoyment of this good play was vastly diminished by the theatre it was staged in. We were in seats 4&5 in row L and immediately before the start (no curtain up these days) a large man sat directly in front of me obscuring 20-25% of our view of the stage. This is unacceptable anywhere but especially at West End prices. A major part of the issue was the lack of fall between the rows and secondly the fact that seat rows were not offset e.g seat 5 should be behind the "space" behind seats 5 & 6 in front for example. The theatre would seem to have been refurbished recently but this is an elementary design error (perhaps to accommodate a few more seats) and should not have been tolerated. Further more the mens toilet facilities seemed grossly inadequate for the number of men trying to use them I the about 5 urinals and 1 cubicle in small space with poor access come on do you not have building regulations in London. The bar also was very cramped lacked space and access to the bar so I would think you lost a lot of customers as people were standing crowding in the auditorium aisles. I think the designers of the theatre refurbishment should be held to account. Who were they? Another matter was the signage regarding photography and mobile phone use. This was done by people carrying placards at the front of the Theatre which were far too small to read from our seats and ridiculous. The management of this theatre should get out more and see how other theatres manage! Cloakroom facilities we never found any? All this for a night out at £130! Plus taxi drinks programme etc. We will endeavour to avoid the Duke of Yorks theatre in future.

Mark Galvayne13th January

Pitch perfect performances which, at turns, make you laugh and make you cry. Amazing show. Loved it.

michaela colwell13th January

A great script and fantastic performances.

John Collingwood13th January

First class story and performances all round.

Deborah Riordan12th January

Fab play, wonderful atmosphere, all the actors were amazing, a little bubble of sanity and rest in a dark Wednesday in January . Loved the theatre , beautiful surroundings , comfy seats and cold beer & wine . Thankyou a lovely afternoon .

Gavin12th January

An excellent production and great performance by the cast

Roger Jones12th January

WONDERFUL - AMAZING! Powerful proformances - totally engrossing. So pleased I was able to have seen this play.

Patricia Suffling11th January

Fantastic play, All the cast were brilliant but ken abd Recce were exceptional Really enjoyed it thank you