Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly star on stage together for the first time in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, an evocative and hilarious portrait of backstage life and the theatre industry. It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre aging actor manager ‘Sir’ (Kelly) is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear. It is down to Norman (Clary), Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that the show goes on.
Julian Clary is one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers, with successes in television, radio, film, writing and stand-up comedy. Theatre credits include London Palladium pantomimes and Taboo. Matthew Kelly is an Olivier Award-winning actor, with most notable credits including Of Mice and Men, Waiting for Godot alongside Ian McKellen and Troilus and Cressida. Ronald Harwood wrote The Dresser in 1980, inspired by his own memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser from 1953 to 1958. Harwood’s other notable works include Taking Sides, Another Time and Quartet.
The Dresser runs from Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 October at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
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