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Main House Julian Clary, Matthew Kelly

The Dresser

by Ronald Harwood, directed by Terry Johnson
  • 21 - 26 September
The Dresser

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night Wednesday 23 September 7pm

Showing from Mon 21 — Sat 26 Sep

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.

It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.

It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.

Norman will be played by one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers. Julian Clary’s successes include television, radio, films, writing and stand up comedy, which he has performed all over the world. His West End starring roles range from London Palladium pantomimes to Taboo .

Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly,winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men. His other West End credits include Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida. His many television credits include the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On .

Ronald Harwood’s plays include Taking Sides, Equally Divided and Quartet. His screenplay for the film of The Dresser, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. He won an Academy Award for The Pianist .

Terry Johnson is the recipient of a dozen major theatre awards. His directing credits in Bath include Mrs. Henderson Presents, Hysteria and The Libertine .

“Riotously funny” Express

“A glorious play” Daily Telegraph

“Poignant, funny and utterly authentic” Mail on Sunday

“A hugely entertaining evening, rich in comic moments” Sunday Times

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night Wednesday 23 September 7pm

Tickets from £25 – £39.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

by Ronald Harwood, directed by Terry Johnson

with JULIAN CLARY and MATTHEW KELLY

Designer – Tim Shortall

Casting – Ginny Schiller CDG

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

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