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Monday 20 September 2021

Julian Clary & Matthew Kelly Set To Team-Up For The Dresser @ Theatre Royal Brighton

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit's dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood's evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life, The Dresser, is regarded as one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.

The drama, which comes to Theatre Royal Brighton, later this month, will star Julian Clary as 'Norman' and Olivier Award winner Matthew Kelly as 'Sir'. 

It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor-manager, known to his loyal acting company as 'Sir', is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his 227th performance of King Lear.  

For 16 years Norman, Sir's devoted dresser, 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. 

It is down to Norman to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on.

The Dresser In Rehearsals

Julian Clary has performed across the world and is renowned for his many successes across television, radio, film, writing and stand-up comedy. 
 
Matthew Kelly is an Olivier Award winning actor who is also well known for presenting the television series Stars in their Eyes and You Bet!. 

Joining Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly in the cast are:  Emma Amos as Her Ladyship, Rebecca Charles as Madge, Natalie Servat as Irene, Pip Donaghy as Geoffrey Thornton, Samuel Holmes as Mr Oxenby, Robert Shaw Cameron as Kent, Peter Yapp as Gloucester, Stephen Cavanagh as Albany, with Claire Jeater and Michaela Bennison in the ensemble. 

The Dresser plays Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday 28th September – Saturday 2nd October 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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