Wednesday 29th October to Saturday 1st November 2008
The Queen Mother Theatre – Hitchin
Friday 21st November to Saturday 29th November 2008
The Little Theatre – Dunstable
Inspired by the memories of his years working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, perceptive and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
Backstage in a provincial theatre an ageing actor-manager, known to his company as Sir, is struggling to find the strength to make it to the stage for his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.
With thirty minutes to curtain-up, air-raid sirens sounding and the best actors having been ‘called up’, Sir is crumbling. Devoted dresser Norman must once again rally the unpredictable star whose grip on sanity is becoming increasingly precarious. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and help to provide the sound effects for the storm scene on the blasted heath.
Cast are as follows:
Sir – Charles Plester
Norman – Elliott Lawrence
Her Ladyship – Sally Hull
Madge – Helen Balfe
Irene – Zara Shafer
Geoffrey Thornton – Ralph Gough
Mr Oxenby – Peter Carter-Brown
The Crew are as follows:
Director – Nicki Pope
Stage Manager – Tracy Hunt (Hitchin) &
Richard Clarke & Chris Whiteside (Dunstable)
Lighting Design – Fred Rayment
Technical Manager – Emma Saunders
Properties – Greta Johnson & Marilyn Warminger
Costumes – Sally Hull & Helen Balfe
Publicity Cartoon – Andy Davey – www.andydavey.com