The Dresser, Duke Of York Theatre, Ken Stott, Reece Shearsmith. 

Regarded as Ronald Harwoods greatest creation The Duke of York Theatre was mostly full as we took ou seats to enjoy “The Dresser” set in WWII we follow a Shakespearean theatre group as they tour the country spreading the word of this country’s best playwright ever! 

Set back stage in the changing room, of the theatre much consternation is in the air as tonight’s performance of King Lear hangs in the balance as Sir is in hospital.

The character introductions are charming and slick the absence of sir in itself causes tension, 

Sir enters as his wife ‘Pussy’ and Norman are discussing the situation there is a tension between these two as they both care about Sir. 

Sir enters Ken Stott delivers a powerful pompous and gentle performance as one of the last great Shakespearean actors coming to the end of his career reluctantly he is regarded as carrying the other actors indeed, his own wife, who is close to quitting both the theatre, and her husband. 

The Co-dependence of ‘Sir’ (played by Ken Stott) and ‘Norman’ played by Reece Shearsmith betrays his feelings toward him in a time when you would never open up about your sexuality you tend to pity Norman through this play and toward the end you understand his angst.

Reece Shearamiths performance is energetic and powerful the play ends with him poignantly broken and by the end of this play I wanted to see the movie with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins, this production benefits from the moveable stage which is expertly used to provide unique angles of the actors performing to an out of view audience this was clever usually you see such uses of stage movement at small fringe venues but it was lovely to see it at the Duke Of York.

Yes this strictly wasn’t a comedy but it was worthy of a review
Coroners Rating 5 Stars


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