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The Dresser (2015 film)

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Directed by  Richard Eyre
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Theme music composer  Stephen Warbeck
Original language(s)  English
Based on  The Dresser by Ronald Harwood
Starring  Ian McKellen Anthony Hopkins Emily Watson Vanessa Kirby Sarah Lancashire Edward Fox

The Dresser is a 2015 British drama film directed by Richard Eyre and based on the 1980 play by Ronald Harwood. The film stars Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Watson, Vanessa Kirby, Sarah Lancashire and Edward Fox. The film premiered on BBC Two on 31 October 2015.

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Plot

In the closing months of World War Two ageing actor "Sir" and his wife Her Ladyship bring Shakespeare to the provinces with a company depleted by conscription. "Sir" is plainly unwell, discharging himself from hospital, and Her Ladyship believes he should cancel his upcoming performance of King Lear. However Norman, his outspoken, gay dresser disagrees and is determined that the show will go on, cajoling the confused "Sir" into giving a performance – one which will be his swansong, at the same time drawing a parallel between King Lear and his fool as Norman, despite ultimate disappointment, serves his master.

Cast

  • Ian McKellen as Norman
  • Anthony Hopkins as "Sir"
  • Emily Watson as "Her Ladyship"
  • Vanessa Kirby as Irene
  • Sarah Lancashire as Madge
  • Edward Fox as Thornton
  • Tom Brooke as Oxenby / Edmond
  • Matthew Cottle as Albany
  • Ian Conningham as Kent
  • Helen Bradbury as Regan
  • John Ashton as Gloucester
  • Annalisa Rossi as Goneril
  • Carl Sanderson as Cornwall
  • Production

    Filming began in London in March 2015.

    References

    The Dresser (2015 film) Wikipedia


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