Synopsis

The Dresser

The Dresser $16.99

Ronald Harwood

Published by AmberLane Press

4 Male 3 Female

The British theatre today owes a lot to the tradition of the actor manager, often a powerful, tyrannical figure, who demanded hard work, devotion and loyalty from the members of his company

Touring the provinces, month in month out, and enduring third-rate digs and long, uncomfortable railway journeys, required a special kind of strength and dedication

In Ronald Harwood's play it is the character of the dresser who is the pivot for these ideals, a perpetuator of the myth, struggling to keep the tradition alive. Originally starring Tom Courtenay and Freddie Jones

"The Dresser ... is a wonderfully affectionate and intelligent play about the theatre. It captures not only the equivocal relationship between star and dresser, it also conveys the bitchiness, the sentiment, the anecdotage, plus the feeling that the backstage world is itself a little kingdom, a tatty Camelot worshipping a prop Holy Grail" ~ Michael Billington, The Guardian

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