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The Dresser

The Dresser
Written by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Maurice Tripp
26 September – 1 October 1988

Sir, the last of the great, but dying, breed of English actor-managers, is in a very bad way tonight. As his dresser tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, Sir is having great difficulty remembering who and where he is, let alone Lear’s lines. With a Herculean effort on the part of Norman, the dresser, Sir does finally make it on stage, and through the performance.

Cast

Norman – Tony Donnelly
Her Ladyship – Audrey Christianson
Madge – Jean Franks
Irene – Polly Owen
Sir – Mike Rand
Geoffrey – Reg Higley
Oxenby – Phil Pearce
Kent – Kevin Fraser
Gloucester – Peter Richardson
Albany – Richard Peterson

Crew

Stage Manager – Graham Peters
Assistant Stage Manager – Dot Hamlin
Lighting – Dennis Kingshott and Alison Salway
Sound – Bill Fielder
Properties – Molly Pritchard, Barbara Brookes and Hilary Medhurst
Costumes – Marjorie Sawyer
Set Build – Graham’s Gang