Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen star in The Dresser, a haunting backstage drama about an aging actor and his longtime companion, which gets a DVD and Digital HD release July 12 following TV broadcasts last season.
The Dresser aired on BBC last fall and had its U.S. premiere May 30 on Starz.
McKellen stars in the title role with Hopkins as the actor-manager, known as Sir. Also appearing in the cast are Emily Watson, Vanessa Kirby and Edward Fox, the latter of whom had a role in the Oscar-nominated 1983 film version of the play.
Sir Richard Eyre directed the film, which reverts to Harwood’s original text and presents the play as it was written for the stage.
See Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen Explore the Most Intimate of Theatrical Relationships in BBC/Starz's "The Dresser"
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).