The Dresser 39 years old

What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.

The Dresser

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis.

Credits

The Dresser Cast

Name Character
Eileen Atkins She was 49, now 88 years old as Madge
Albert Finney He was 47, 82 years old when he died as Sir
Edward Fox He was 46, now 85 years old as Oxenby
Michael Gough He was 67, 94 years old when he died as Frank Carrington
Zena Walker She was 49, 69 years old when she died as Her Ladyship
Tom Courtenay He was 46, now 85 years old as Norman
Cathryn Harrison She was 24, 59 years old when she died as Irene

The Dresser Crew

Name Department
Ray Lovejoy as Editor. He was 44 (62) years old when He died Editing
Stephen B. Grimes as Production Design. He was 56 (61) years old when He died Art
Colin Grimes as Art Direction. Art
Josie MacAvin as Set Decoration. She was 64 (86) years old when She died Art
Nigel Wooll as Associate Producer. He was 42 (now 81) years old Production
Alan Boyle as Makeup Artist. He was 29 (now 68) years old Costume & Make-Up
James Horner as Music. He was 30 (61) years old when He died Sound
Ronald Harwood as Producer. He was 49 (now 88) years old Production
Ronald Harwood as Theatre Play. He was 49 (now 88) years old Writing
Ronald Harwood as Screenplay. He was 49 (now 88) years old Writing
Peter Yates as Director. He was 54 (81) years old when He died Directing
Peter Yates as Producer. He was 54 (81) years old when He died Production
The Dresser poster
The Dresser (39 years)

What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.

  • Release day: Tuesday, December 06, 1983
  • Runtime: 118 minutes