Last Chance to See THE DRESSER by Ronald Harwood at the Duke of York's Theatre
Audiences have only six weeks left to see the critically acclaimed West End production of Sir Ronald Harwood's The Dresser which brings together a multi award-winning cast and creative team in a five-star revival. Starring Ken Stott, Reece Shearsmith, Selina Cadell and Harriet Thorpe, this notable production opened in October and now enters its final weeks in a strictly limited season at the Duke of York's Theatre, London which must end on 14 January, 2017. The production will transfer to Chichester Festival Theatre in the New Year from 25 January to 4 February, 2017.
The Dresser tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime. Renowned as Ronald Harwood's greatest play, The Dresser was first performed in 1980 in the West End and on Broadway, adapted into a multi award-winning film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay in 1983, and a BBC television film starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins last year.
The production brings together a star cast including four times Best Actor Olivier Award nominee Ken Stott, seen at the National Theatre and in the West End in The Recruiting Officer and Broken Glass, and on screen in The Hobbit, Charlie Wilson's War, BBC series The Missing and crime drama Rebus; and Reece Shearsmith who recently appeared in the Olivier and South Bank Award-winning Hangmen at the Royal Court and is best known for his roles in the multi-award-winning cult television series The League of Gentlemen.
They are joined by Selina Cadell, seen in the BBC television film The Lady Vanishes and the comedy drama series Doc Martin, and whose stage work includes Sam Mendes' productions of The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse; and Harriet Thorpe, best known for playing Carol in the BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire, Fleur in the BBC series and film adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous, and on stage in Twelfth Night at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Theatre and Gary Barlow's The Girls.
Ronald Harwood is an Academy Award, Palme d'Or and BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright, whose films include The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Pianist, Quartet and Love in the Time of Cholera. His plays include The Dresser, Taking Sides, Quartet, Mahler's Conversion, An English Tragedy and Collaboration and Degenerate Art.
The Dresser is produced by Mark Goucher and co-produced with Mark Rubinstein Ltd and Jonathan Church Productions in the first production for Church's new company after leaving Chichester Festival Theatre.
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