The Dresser


The Dresser

Critics Consensus

The Dresser brilliantly showcases two of the most gifted actors of their generation within a thoughtful, well-executed production offering intelligent commentary on the human condition.



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During World War II, a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare's King Lear. With the lead actor missing, Norman must rally to keep the show alive.

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Critic Reviews for The Dresser

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

  • It is deliciously funny and moving. It is also profoundly about why people perform and create art. And it is heartbreakingly accurate about actors and the theatre.

    Jun 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's delightful and winning, both sad and funny and touching on so many levels. Welcome this little gem into your arms if you can.

    May 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It is, it really is, just as magnificent, powerful and enthralling as you would imagine. Yet to assume the greatness of The Dresser based on the simply sum of its parts is to miss the whole point of the story.

    May 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Of course, it's a showcase of great acting, as you would expect, but The Dresser is also a well-tailored play enriched by layers of metaphor and irony.

    May 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Dresser rises and falls on the strength of its central duo, and it's hard to imagine two currently working actors who could rival Courtenay and Finney as well as McKellen and Hopkins do.

    May 30, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • Seeing these actors together is wonderful. If there is an edge, it goes to Mr. McKellen, whose scurrying, effeminate Norman is a study in subordination and repressed emotion.

    May 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dresser

  • Jul 22, 2016
    As a whole, it does pale in comparison to the great Peter Yates directed version of the play from 1983, but McKellen and Hopkins certainly make this a worthwhile adaptation.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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