SEASON 29 | june 2017

The dresser
June 23 - July 15, 2017

By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Bob Tolaro


Different Stages closes its 2015-2016 season with Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser.  ‘Sir’, the last of the great but dying breed of English actor managers, is struggling to keep a grip on his sanity and complete his 227th performance of King Lear. Despite most of the country's actors being in uniform in war- torn Britain and bombs destroying theatres, the show must go on. Ensuring that it does is Norman, Sir's devoted dresser, who for sixteen years has been there to fix his wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.


Ev Lunning as the aging actor manager and Norman Blumensaadt as his dresser. The actor’s wife and the company stage manager are played by Katherine Schroeder and Paula Gilbert. Members of the Shakespearean troupe are played by Richard Craig, Mick D’arcy, Sarah Spear, Owen Ziegler and Emile Lacheny.