Exeter Little Theatre Company
Backstage at a theatre in the English provinces during WWII, Sir, the last of the great, but dying, breed of English actor-managers, is in a very bad way tonight as his dresser tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear. Unsure of who and where he is supposed to be, let alone Lear’s lines, Sir is adamantly determined to roar his last, but with a Herculean effort on the part of Norman, the dresser, Sir does finally make it on stage, and through the performance, no thanks to an air raid courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back in his dressing room after the performance, the worn out old trouper dies, leaving alone his company and the loyal dresser after one final bow.
Based on the author’s own experiences as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit, this bracing, heartbreaking drama is an elegy to a by-gone era.