The Dresser archiveIn a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as 'Sir', is struggling to keep a grip on his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty-seventh performance of King Lear. Thanks to the efforts of Herr Hitler, all the able-bodied actors are in uniform and bombs are destroying theatres across the country, but the show must go on. 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. Inspired by the memories of his years working as Donald Wolfit's dresser, Ronald Harwood's evocative, perceptive and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.


Author: Ronald Harwood
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Archive listings for The Dresser

Work type: Play.


Producer Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Producer Everyman Theatre. Director Terry Johnson. Design Tim Shortall. Director Ginny Schiller (CDG - casting director). Performer Julian Clary (Norman). Performer Matthew Kelly (Sir). Performer Emma Amos (Her Ladyship). Performer Rebecca Charles (Madge). Performer Natalie Servat (Irene). Performer Pip Donaghy (Geoffrey Thornton). Performer Samuel Holmes (Mr Oxenby). Performer Robert Shaw Cameron (Kent). Performer Peter Yapp (Gloucester). Performer Stephen Cavanagh (Albany). Performer Claire Jeater. Performer Michaela Bennison.
1 Feb 22 to 5 Feb 22Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
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25 Jan 22 to 29 Jan 22The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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18 Jan 22 to 22 Jan 22Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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26 Oct 21 to 30 Oct 21Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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19 Oct 21 to 23 Oct 21Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
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12 Oct 21 to 16 Oct 21Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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5 Oct 21 to 9 Oct 21Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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28 Sep 21 to 2 Oct 21Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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21 Sep 21 to 25 Sep 21Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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9 Sep 21 to 18 Sep 21Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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6 Oct 20 to 10 Oct 20Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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10 Sep 20 to 19 Sep 20Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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Director Jolyon Coombs.
8 Apr 19 to 13 Apr 19Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton :: V482
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Producer Mark Goucher. Producer Mark Rubinstein Ltd. Producer Jonathan Church Productions. Director Sean Foley. Performer Ken Stott (Sir). Performer Reece Shearsmith (Norman). Performer Selina Cadell. Performer Harriet Thorpe. Performer Simon Rouse.
25 Jan 17 to 4 Feb 17Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester :: V719
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5 Oct 16 to 14 Jan 17Duke of York's Theatre, West End :: V392
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20 Sep 16 to 24 Sep 16Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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8 Sep 16 to 17 Sep 16Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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Producer Anne Smith.
15 Oct 12 to 27 Oct 12Abbey Theatre, Arbroath :: V588
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Producer Leeds Arts Centre.
14 Apr 10 to 17 Apr 10The Carriageworks, Leeds :: V1666392263
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Company Tower Theatre Company. Director Pat Grosse.
28 Oct 08 to 1 Nov 08Bridewell Theatre, Inner London :: V171
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Producer Watford Palace. Director Di Trevis. Design Ashley Martin-Davis. Musical Director Dominic Muldowney. Lighting Ben Ormerod. Director Shona Morris (movement). Director Siobhan Bracke (casting). Performer Graham Turner (Norman). Performer Sarah Berger (Her Ladyship). Performer Penelope Beaumont (Madge). Performer Robin Hooper (Geoffrey). Performer Sasha Higgins (Irene). Performer Christopher Kelham (Mr Oxenby).
4 Sep 08 to 27 Sep 08Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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Cancelled - T138807985

20 May 08 to 24 May 08Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
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22 Apr 08 to 26 Apr 08Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
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9 Apr 08 to 12 Apr 08Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke :: V764
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11 Mar 08 to 15 Mar 08New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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4 Mar 08 to 8 Mar 08Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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26 Feb 08 to 1 Mar 08Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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20 Feb 08 to 23 Feb 08The Riverfront, Newport :: V088145899
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Company Oxford Theatre Guild.
4 Dec 07 to 8 Dec 07OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford :: V800
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Company Phoenix Players.
7 Mar 07 to 9 Mar 07St Donats Arts Centre, Cardiff :: V828
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Producer Theatre Royal Bath. Director Peter Hall. Design Simon Higlett. Lighting Paul Pyant. Performer Nicholas Lyndhurst. Performer Julian Glover.
22 Feb 05 to 14 May 05Duke of York's Theatre, West End :: V392
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14 Feb 05 to 19 Feb 05New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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7 Feb 05 to 12 Feb 05Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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31 Jan 05 to 5 Feb 05Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
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29 Nov 04 to 4 Dec 04Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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22 Nov 04 to 27 Nov 04Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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15 Nov 04 to 20 Nov 04Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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8 Nov 04 to 13 Nov 04Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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2 Nov 04 to 6 Nov 04Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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Company Wick Theatre Company.
8 Oct 03 to 11 Oct 03Barn Theatre, Southwick :: V0937418074
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Company New Venture Players.
2 Oct 03 to 4 Oct 03Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood :: V1024
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A rehearsed readingCompany Maidenhead Drama Guild.
6 Mar 03Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
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Company Priory Players.
11 Jul 02 to 13 Jul 02The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
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Company St Peter's Hill Players.
14 Nov 01 to 17 Nov 01Meres Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham :: V447
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Company British Actors Theatre Company. Director Knight Mantell. Design Dickon O'Mara. Lighting Dickon O'Mara. Performer Ian Lavender. Performer Michael Stroud. Performer Vivien Heibron. Performer Genevieve Walsh. Performer Hubert Rees. Performer Melody Schroeder. Performer Edward Corey.
18 Sep 01 to 22 Sep 01Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
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Company The Actors Workshop.
4 Jun 01 to 5 Jun 01The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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Company The Richmond Shakespeare Society. Director Rodney Figaro.
14 Sep 00 to 16 Sep 00Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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Other listings

14 May 19 to 18 May 19The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton :: V0665168888
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13 May 19 to 18 May 19Priory Theatre, Kenilworth :: V128
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28 Mar 19 to 30 Mar 19Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood :: V1024
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24 Jul 18 to 28 Jul 18Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
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5 Jul 18 to 11 Jul 18Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth :: V897
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18 Mar 16 to 26 Mar 16The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
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2 Apr 01 to 7 Apr 01Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham :: V477
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9 Sep 99Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
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9 May 98 to 16 May 98Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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2 Sep 97 to 6 Sep 97Grand Theatre, Swansea :: V831
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15 Apr 97 to 19 Apr 97Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
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