A Theatre Royal Bath and Cheltenham Everyman Theatre production
Starring Julian Clary & Matthew Kelly
Directed by Terry Johnson
Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.
It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir's wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.
Norman will be played by one of the UK's most unique and best loved entertainers, Julian Clary whose successes include television, radio, films, writing and stand-up comedy, which he has performed all over the world. His West End starring roles range from London Palladium pantomimes to Taboo.
Playing 'Sir' will be Olivier award-winner Matthew Kelly. His West End credits include Of Mice and Men, Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida. His many television credits include the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On.
Ronald Harwood’s plays include Taking Sides and Quartet. His screenplay for the film of The Dresser, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. He won an Academy Award for The Pianist.
Terry Johnson is the recipient of a dozen major theatre awards. His directing credits include Mrs. Henderson Presents, Hysteria and The Libertine.
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A glorious play.