The Dresser 04/02/24

Viavision [Imprint]

Directed by Peter Yates and performed with great finesse by Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, Ronald Harwood’s adaptation of his own play is great entertainment. Touring the provinces in wartime, an eccentric Shakespearian legend is falling apart in mind and body; only the star’s dedicated, put-upon dresser can get him into a mental shape allowing the show to go on. The approach isn’t satirical or ironic, but affecting and compassionate. The freqently hilarious show is also a worthwhile account of a long-gone slice of British theatrical history. On Blu-ray from Viavision [Imprint].