It has been announced that Sean Foley will direct two plays in the West End.
First will be a revival of Ronald Harwood’s 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 in 1983 made into a film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. The Dresser will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 12th October 2016 (previews from 5th October) and run until 14th January 2017, following engagements 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 The Miser which has been newly adapted by Foley and Phil Porter. Best known for his television work, Rhys Jones is making his return to the London stage after five years. The Miser will play the Theatre Royal Bath and Richmond Theatre prior to opening at the Garrick Theatre on 13th March 2017 (previews from 1st March) for a limited run to 10th June 2017.
Both plays are produced by Mark Goucher who previously collaborated with Foley on the West End production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.