The Dresser


The Dresser stars Ian McKellen (X Men films, The Lord of the Rings) and Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day) on screen together for the first time in their remarkable careers in a television movie event for BBC1 and Starz. Based on the acclaimed stage play by Ronald Harwood, and adapted and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), the film also stars Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Hilary and Jackie), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal, Edward and Mrs. Simpson) and marks Hopkins first scripted television appearance in over twenty years. One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeares King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir (Hopkins) who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser Norman (McKellen) must scramble to keep the production alive but will Sir turn up in time and if he does will he be able to perform that night? The Dresser is a wickedly funny and deeply moving story of friendship and loyalty as Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain.


Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen, Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire, Vanessa Kirby, Edward Fox

Running Time

109 Minutes


A STARZ Movie Event

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