New dates have been announced for the UK tour of Ronald Harwood’s highly acclaimed drama The Dresser starring the much loved UK entertainer Julian Clary as Norman and Olivier Award winner Matthew Kelly as ‘Sir’.
Directed by Olivier Award-winning Terry Johnson, The Dresser will run at Theatre Royal Bath from 9 September 2021, before dates at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (21-25 Sep), Theatre Royal Brighton (28 Sep – 2 Oct), Norwich Theatre Royal (5-9 Oct), Cambridge Arts Theatre (12-16 Oct), Theatre Royal Plymouth (19-23 Oct), Richmond Theatre (26-30 Oct) and Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (1-5 Feb).
Further tour dates to be announced in due course.
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.
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 is presented by Theatre Royal Bath and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham.