Chatsworth Players to stage The Dresser

Chatsworth Players will perform one of the great tragi-comedies of the last century, The Dresser at Chatsworth Theatre from October 17-20.

The Dresser, by Ronald Harwood, is a multi-award winning play about the theatre and the actor-managers that were the mainstay of British theatre for over a century.

Actor-managers kept alive our classical repertoire which is the envy of the world, and created a tradition which is the foundation of our present day theatre. The play is witty, funny, poignant and gives a real insight into the theatre.

The Chatsworth Players were founded in 2007 and have developed a loyal audience who love the combination of classic plays and the unique surroundings of Chatsworth House’s family theatre.

You will be able to enjoy drinks in Chatsworth’s magnificent sculpture gallery, and even join the players for a celebratory black-tie dinner on the Saturday evening.

The Dresser was first performed in 1980, with Tom Courtney in the title role of Norman, where it was nominated for the Best Play at the Society of West End Theatre Awards (now known as the Oliviers).

It opened on Broadway the next year and was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actors. It was made into a film in 1983 starring Tom Courtney and Albert Finney. Both actors were nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe awards for their performances. Most recently, the BBC recorded a version in 2015, directed by Richard Eyre, with Anthony Hopkins as Sir and Ian McKellen as Norman.

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