As World War II rages, backstage in a provincial English theatre, an ageing, once-famous classical actor is troubled. Sir, the last in a dying breed of great English Shakespearean actors, is unwilling to take to the stage to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear. It falls to his faithful dresser Norman to rouse another great performance from him, to keep both the show and its star from falling apart.
This theatrical classic explores the relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent.
The first production from Jonathan Church’s new company, formed after Church announced his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre.
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“Stott has a twinkle, and mines Sir's confusion for both laughs and sadness... Shearsmith is terrific... he's extremely funny. ”