Director Sean Foley starts this autumn helming two new West End productions – The Dresser and The Miser – for producer Mark Goucher.
First will be a revival of Ronald Harwood’s much loved play The Dresser starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith.
The play tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime.
First performed in 1980 in the West End and on Broadway, the play was later made into a multi award-winning film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.
This new production of The Dresser will play at The Duke of York’s Theatre previewing from October 5 following performances in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham.
In early 2017, Griff Rhys Jones will return to the London stage to lead an ensemble cast in a revival of Molière’s classic play The Miser which has been newly adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter.
Best known for his television work, Rhys Jones is making his return to the London stage after five years where he is widely recognised as one of the country’s great comedic performers.
The Miser will be presented at Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre, prior to opening at the Garrick Theatre on March 1 2017.
Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over 10 original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006).
As director his work includes The Painkiller, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Best New Comedy 2014), The Walworth Farce (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company & Barbican), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre), The Painkiller (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Arturo Brachetti – Change (Garrick – Best Entertainment nomination 2010) , The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium).
September 8-17, Richmond Theatre
September 20-24, Brighton Theatre Royal
September 27-October 1, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
October 5- January 14, Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London
February 8-18, Bath Theatre Royal
February 21-25, Richmond Theatre
March 1- June 10, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London