Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly will star in a new production and UK tour of Ronald Harwood’s highly acclaimed drama The Dresser.

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

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

Clary (The London Palladium pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears) will play Norman with Olivier Award-winner Kelly (BIG the Musical, Of Mice and Men) as ‘Sir’.

The play tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing, once-famous classical actor played by Kelly and his long-suffering dresser (Clary) as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime Britain.

Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles, End of the Rainbow, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) will direct with designs by Tim Shortall.

The Dresser will open at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, running from 10-19 September 2020, followed by Theatre Royal Bath (21-26 September 2020) with further dates and venues to be announced.