The Dresser tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Duke of York's Theatre, London

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A major revival of The Dresser by Academy award winning author Sir Ronald Harwood starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith.

Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith come together as lead actor “Sir” and Norman “the dresser” in this eagerly awaited revival of “a wonderfully affectionate and intelligent play about the theatre” The Guardian.

Renowned as Ronald Harwood’s greatest play, 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 (The League of Gentlemen, Inside Number 9) and Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster) this promises to be an unmissable production of a theatrical classic.

The Dresser runs from 5 October 2016 until 14 January 2017 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.


Both hilarious and poignant, The Dresser explores the relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent.

As World War II rages, backstage in a provincial English theatre, an ageing, once-famous classical actor is troubled. Sir, the last in a dying breed of great English Shakespearean actors, is unwilling to take to the stage to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear.

It falls to his faithful dresser Norman to rouse another great performance from him, to keep both the show and its star from falling apart.


Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith lead the cast alongside Harriet Thorpe and Selina Cadell.

Ken Stott has received four Best Actor Olivier Award Nominations for his work at the National Theatre and the West End in The Recruiting Officer, Broken Glass (for which he won Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Art with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay and A View from the Bridge. Ken has also appeared at the National Theatre and West End in plays such as The Princes Play, Three Men on a Horse, The Tempest, Heroes, The Winter’s Tale, God of Carnage and Uncle Vanya.

Reece Shearsmith’s theatre credits include Absent Friends (Harold Pinter), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello), Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s), Comedians (Lyric Hammersmith), The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Producers (Theatre Royal). He is well known for the television series The League of Gentlemen and more recently Inside Number 9.


Directed by Sean Foley with further creative to be announced.


Ken Stott is magnificent, Reece Shearsmith a revelation – Daily Telegraph
Stott and Shearsmith shine – Evening Standard
Shearsmith and Stott savour the spite in Harwood’s love-hate letter to theatre. – The Guardian
Beautifully acted production of a classic play of life backstage. – The Stage

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 January 2017
Important COVID entry requirements

You are required by law to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue, unless exempt or under 11 years of age.
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This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests. This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.

Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176

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