BBC Two’s one-off drama The Dresser starring Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen will premiere on Saturday October 31st at 9pm, it has been announced.
The Dresser tells the story of one fateful night in a small regional theatre during World War Two as a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Bombs are falling, the 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.
In addition to Hopkins and McKellen, the cast also includes Emily Watson (A Song For Jenny), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Vanessa Kirby (The Frankenstein Chronicles), Edward Fox (Lewis), Tom Brooke (Sherlock), John Ashton (The Finder), Ian Conningham (The Hollow Crown), Annalisa Rossi (Miranda), Helen Bradbury (Lucan), Carl Sanderson (That Day We Sang), Matthew Cottle (Citizen Khan) and Martin Chamberlain (Lewis).
The two-hour drama is based on the play of the same name by Ronald Harwood and originally scored a green-light at BBC One last November, with Starz coming on-board as a co-producer in January 2015. Collin Callender’s production company Playground Entertainment and Sonia Friedman Productions are producing. Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman and Ben Stephenson are serving as the executive producers, while Richard Eyre is the director.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.