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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Dresser (1983, Andy Armstrong)

TitleThe Dresser
Release LocationsGB
DirectorAndy Armstrong
MediumColor video
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


Originally a stage play, The Dresser was turned by Peter Yates into an engrossing film. The story is a backstage look at a troupe of travelling Shakespearean actors in Great Britain during World War II. The scenes performed from King Lear by Albert Finney are first-rate

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MadgeEileen Atkins
CharlesRoger Avon
ArthurJoe Belcher
NormanTom Courtenay
Mr. GadstoneDonald Eccles
SirAlbert Finney
OxenbyEdward Fox
CarringtonMichael Gough
ActressSandra Gough
IreneCathryn Harrison
EvelynChristopher Irvin
StallkeeperPaul Luty
ElectricianJohnny Manfield
BentonGuy Manning
BerylAnn Mannion
VioletBetty Marsden
Horace BrownLlewellyn Rees
LydiaSheila Reid
Evelyn's FriendStuart Richman
Mr. BottomleyJohn Sharp
Bombazino WomanKathy Staff
Train GuardAlan Starkey
C. Rivers, LaneKevin Stoney
Her LadyshipZena Walker
Miss WhiteAnn Way
BarmaidLori Wells
GeoffreyLockwood West

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAndy Armstrong
DirectorPeter Yates
ProducerNigel Woole
ProducerPeter Yates
EditorRay Lovejoy
ContinuityCaroline Sax
ComposerJames Horner
ScreenplayRonald Harwood
MakeupAlan Boyle
CostumesRosemary Burrows
HairBarbara Ritchie
HairJoan White
Sound MixerDavid John
CameraD. Humphreys
PhotographyKelvin Pike
CameraP. Robinson
ProductionStephen Grimes
Production AssistantRachel Neale
ConstructionGeoff Langley
SetJosie McAvin
PropsJill Quentin
StillsB. Peake
GafferF. Webster

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell