THE DRESSER

by Ronald Harwood

A man beside a dressing room mirror

Tue 14 - Sat 18 May 2019 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton NN1 3JA


'The show must go on!'

Clare Brittain | director

The Dresser by Ronald Harwood was first performed in the West End in 1980
and on Broadway the following year.

Harwood was an actor in his younger years and was an acting member of Sir Donald Wolfit's touring theatre company who performed Shakespeare's plays and other classic plays all over the country for many years.

The character of Sir is inspired by Wolfit. Harwood spent some time as Wolfit's dresser and also wrote a biography about him.

The play takes place in wartime England. 'Sir' and his motley company of actors have been touring the country, performing a different Shakespeare play every night.

Sir has suffered some sort of breakdown but, against doctors' orders, has made his way to the theatre where tonight's performance of
King Lear will be performed.

His wife and the stage manager don't think the performance will go ahead judging by his mental and physical condition.

Norman, his faithful dresser of over twenty years is determined that the show will go on!


Clare Brittain has also directed The Madness of King George (2007) and Amadeus (2015)