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A traveling Shakespeare company performs King Lear during the Blitz Norman dresser to the troupe's aging megalomaniac star struggl. Blurbs from wiki The play was first presented on 6 March 1980 at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and transferred to the ueen s Theatre in London on 30 April 1980 with Freddie Jones as Sir and Tom Courtenay as Norman The play was nominated for Best Play at the Society of West End Theatre Awards now known as the Laurence Olivier Awards for 1980 In 2016 a production directed by Sean Foley and starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith played theatres including the Duke of Yorks Theatre in London s West EndThis is the version I will be encountering A television version for the BBC was shown in the UK on 31 October 2015 Richard Eyre directed Anthony Hopkins as Sir and Ian McKellen as Norman with Emily Watson as Her Ladyship Sarah Lancashire as Madge and Edward Fox as ThorntonInterviewAll things point to Lear at the moment don t they we have this being enacted out as Trump wishes to divest himself of his businesses to the three eldest children so that he can carry on and become a yuge bigly president

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The Dresser

Nderous Mad KingPremiered in 1980 at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester starring Freddie Jones as Sir and Tom Courtenay as Norm. Ends up feeling as inconseuential as the lead character feels There s some excellent dialogue and characterization here but it all too often feels like it s leading nowhere And it pretty much does Perhaps I should stick to watching plays instead of reading them

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Es to maintain his composure and sanity amid air raid sirens German bombing runs and a master thespian slowly merging with the thu. If I may generalize Plays within plays tend towards the comedic Noises Off Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night s Dream The Dresser is a dramatic contrast being the tale of an aging actor and his long time dresserI ve read other plays that have tackled dementia and what amazes me is that for all these plays tread similar ground all feel uniue and different The Dresser is no exceptionSir the aging actor is perhaps the least likeable of these memory plagued characters Mr Harwood having allowed sufficient hints of the man s character and past to tinge compassion with reality Norman Sir s ever loyal dresser is an interesting character as there s both so much and so little about him on the page Recommended


10 thoughts on “The Dresser

  1. says:

    Blurbs from wiki The play was first presented on 6 March 1980 at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and transferred to the ueen's Theatre in London on 30 April 1980 with Freddie Jones as Sir and Tom Courtenay as Norman The play was nominated for Best Play at the Society of West End Theatre Awards now known as the Laurence Olivier Awards for 1980 In 2016 a production directed by Sean Foley and starring Ken Stott and Reece Shea

  2. says:

    The DresserYou must read this If you want my adviceThis is a wonderful complex meaningful funny and sad playSimply fabulousNorman is at the center of it all and what an amazing character we have I first saw the adaptation of the play The Dresser in which Norman was played by Tom Courtenay and Sir is played by Albert Finney An extra

  3. says:

    To read it it's a play about theater acting aging friendship rivalries loyalty alcoholism and loss To feel it i

  4. says:

    If I may generalize Plays within plays tend towards the comedic Noises Off Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Dresser is

  5. says:

    Definitely an actor's play Lots of backstage business and inside jokes that you only get as an actor I wish I'd read KING LEAR rece

  6. says:

    I see through this play for the sentimental piece that it is but the unusual and reuited love story just works for me and the setting pushes all the right buttons I'll respect somebody who pans it but I don't

  7. says:

    That's the world an a stage acting so the uestion is who is perfect?Slow motion then fast going showing as how you can't do anything the thing which you can do is just to watch

  8. says:

    Ends up feeling as inconseuential as the lead character feels There's some excellent dialogue and characterization here but it all too often feels like it's leading nowhere And it pretty much does Perhaps I should stick to watching plays instead of reading them

  9. says:

    Must have seen the film have never seen this production would enjoy it

  10. says:

    Richmond Theatre prior to West End run Not sure how successful it'll be in Central but it's a fine play although it does make me want to just want to see Ken Stott perform Lear in full