Sir Richard Eyre will direct. A broadcast date has yet to be announced.
McKellen will star in the title role with Hopkins as the actor-manager, known as Sir.
The Dresser, about a lead actor’s relationship with his dresser, was inspired by Harwood’s own time working as a dresser for Donald Wolfit. The play was made into a successful film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay in 1983.
The Dresser was seen on Broadway in 1981 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, co-starring Tom Courtenay as Norman and Paul Rogers as Sir. Directed by Michael Elliott, the production received Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Courtenay).