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By • West End
A planned West End revival of Ronald Harwood's The Dresser is up in the air at the moment due to the unavailability of one very busy actor. Harwood himself apparently had his heart set on Henry Goodman assuming the role of the behind-the-scenes dresser to a fading stage star whose life is mirrored in his current crumbling touring production of King Lear. The role was made famous by Tom Courtenay in the original 1980 production. Of course, Goodman has now been nabbed by Broadway where he'll open next month, taking over from Nathan Lane in the toast-of-the-town revival of The Producers. In writing The Dresser, Harwood drew on his own experiences as underling to the late Donald Wolfitt. Harwood's subsequent stage plays - which include JJ Farr, Reflected Glory, Taking Sides and Quartet - have never achieved quite the same level of success. His latest, Mahler's Conversion, ran for only four weeks in the West End last October, despite the star billing of Antony Sher.

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