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A major revival of a British classic, The Dresser arrives on the West End in this not-to-be-missed production.

Written by Academy Award-winning author Sir Ronald Harwood and starring Ken Stott (Rebus) and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), The Dresser recounts the events of a night in a provincial theatre during WWII. As bombs fall and sirens wail, a troupe of touring actors prepares for their performance of King Lear. However, the once-famous ‘Sir’ (Ken Stott) is refusing to assume his role of Lear. It is up to his loyal dresser Norman (Reece Shearsmith) to inspire the aging actor and to stop the show, and Sir, from crumbling.

Hailed for its humour, tenderness and intelligence and widely considered to be Harwood at his best, The Dresser is a seminal play about life in the theatre and a poignant look at two grudgingly co-dependent men. Nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards and adapted for the small and big screens (the 1983 film adaptation received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay), this latest production returns The Dresser to its home on the London stage.

With tickets sure to sell out, book your seats for The Dresser today.

The Dresser critic reviews

2 reviews
A piece of theatre I will remember for a very long time to come.
28 Oct 2016
"‘A beautifully acted production"
28 Oct 2016

The Dresser reviews

132 reviews
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15 Jan 2017

What a fantastic play, the acting was amazing, and the casting of Reece Shearsmith as the Dresser was amazing. I had no idea he was such a brilliant comic/tragic actor, he had us all laughing and crying. Lovely little theatre and great seats.

Theatre lover
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13 Jan 2017

A brilliant production of an old favourite.

Amanda Norton
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13 Jan 2017

This was my second attendance at The Dresser. Enjoyed it so much the first time I took friends to see it again. The acting is incredible. Wonderful delight and moving.

Irving wolters
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13 Jan 2017

One of the best plays you'll see all year. Fine faultless acting, pathos and melancholia all blended into one. Go and see it!

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29 Dec 2016

Fabulous! The acting was superb and mesmerising. Wish I could see it again, this was one of the best theatre experiences I have had.



St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Cancellation Policy

No refunds available after purchase.


With Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith. Directed by Sean Foley.


2 hours and 40 mins (including the interval)

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with a voucher attached. Please print this voucher and present it to the box office staff on the day of the show. We recommend you arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before the show to collect your tickets and settle into your seats.


««««« 'I loved this Dresser. Sean Foley's fine production wrings plenty of laughs.' Daily Mail ««««« 'A brilliant production' Sunday Express «««« 'A double act to treasure. Ken Stott is magnificent. Reece Shearsmith is a revelation' Telegraph «««« 'A very funny revival of Ronald Harwood's terrific tragicomedy' Observer «««« 'A beautifully acted production' The Stage

When Can I Go

5th October 2016 - 14th January 2017

Where Do I Go

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BG TUBE The nearest Tube stations are Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines. Leicester Square: From the station head north up Charing Cross Road and take the first right onto Long Acre. When the road intersects with Upper St. Martin's Lane turn left. The theatre is a two minute walk away down the road. Charing Cross: See the directions in the 'Train' section above. BUS There are plenty of buses operating in this area. For the Strand take buses: 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 91 and 139. For Charing Cross take the 24, 29, 47, 176.