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.


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


2 hours and 40 mins (including the interval)


««««« '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


Duke of York's Theatre

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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No refunds available after purchase.

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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.

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.

Critic Reviews

4.0(2 reviews)
  • From The Box Office Blog

    Oct 28, 2016

    A piece of theatre I will remember for a very long time to come.

  • The Stage

    Oct 28, 2016

    "‘A beautifully acted production"


4.8(50 reviews)
  • Alex

    Jan 15, 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

    Jan 13, 2017

    A brilliant production of an old favourite.

  • Amanda Norton

    Jan 13, 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.

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