The Dresser – TUE 15 FEB TO SAT 19 FEB 2022 @captheatres #Edinburgh #Theatre #TheatreReview

The Dresser

The Dresser

TUE 15 FEB TO SAT 19 FEB 2022

Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees Wed, Thu & Sat 2.30pm

Running time (approx.): 2 hours 25 minutes (includes interval)


BOX OFFICE: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £21.50*


* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

20% off all performances


The Dresser

by Ronald Harwood

Directed by Terry Johnson

Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly star in this funny and affectionate portrait of backstage life.

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.

Olivier award-winner, Matthew Kelly stars as an ageing actor-manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, who is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.

Julian Clary stars as Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser who ensures that in spite of everything, the show goes on.  For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.

Theatre Review – The Dresser

I had an evening of entertainment in the heart of Edinburgh last night. I went to see The Dresser. It was wonderful to be back in the belly of the King’s Theatre. 

The part of Norman was played by Samuel Holmes as Julian Clary was unwell. 

Matthew Kelly’s presence on stage was immense. Radiating confidence and acting the part of Sir to perfection. I wanted the show to be longer so I could spend more time watching him.

For me, Samuel Holmes stole the show as Norman. Giving a heartfelt, funny and passionate performance. He owned the stage from start to finish. Utterly tremendous! 

The supporting cast was brilliant and you could feel the comradery between everyone.

An unforgettable show that will stay with me for a very long time. I have never felt the feeling before of a whole audience in awe of what they had just watched. 

The show runs until Saturday and I can’t recommend it enough. You will leave the theatre a different person than when you arrived. 

An unforgettable engaging show with such heart!

Five huge stars! 

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