Exeter Little Theatre Company brings the celebrated 1980 West End and Broadway production THE DRESSER, written by Ronald Harwood, to Exeter’s Barnfield Theatre this September.
Based on the author’s own experiences as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit, this bracing, heart-breaking drama is an elegy to a by-gone era.
Backstage at a theatre in the English provinces during WWII, Sir, the last of the great, but dying, breed of English actor-managers, is in a very bad way tonight as his dresser tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear.
Unsure of who and where he is supposed to be, let alone Lear’s lines, Sir is adamantly determined to roar his last, but with a Herculean effort on the part of Norman, the dresser, Sir does finally make it on stage, and through the performance, no thanks to an air raid courtesy of the Luftwaffe.
Back in his dressing room after the performance, the worn-out old trouper dies, leaving alone his company and the loyal dresser after one final bow.
On September 22 there will be a signed performance for the hard of hearing.
The Dresser: Nightly 18th September 2018 – 22nd September 2018 at 7.30pm.
Tickets Adults: £13.50 Children under 16 £12.00
Book your ticket via this link http://www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/dresser/
Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN
Box Office / general enquiries: 01392 271808
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