This week we’ve got for you not one, but two exciting pieces of news from Reece Shearsmith…
It has been announced that the multi-talented Reece will soon be taking to the West End stage in a revival of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood. If you recognise the name of the play, it might be because you’ve seen the 1983 film version, or the more recent BBC adaptation from 2015 which starred Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.
The Dresser is about an ageing actor, who will be played by Ken Stott (The Hobbit trilogy, The Missing) in the new production, and his personal assistant, who will be played by Shearsmith. The play is set to run at The Duke of York’s Theatre from 5th October 2016 until 14th January 2017, following some initial performances in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham.
And that isn’t the only Reece-related news this week! He and Steve Pemberton have revealed more details about the upcoming third series of Inside No. 9, which will be airing on BBC Two this autumn.
Viewers of the show will already be aware that each episode of the unique dark comedy is set in a different no. 9 location. The BBC announced a few months ago that the settings in the new series would include a restaurant after closing time, an art gallery and an alpine chalet – and now Reece and Steve have also identified a karaoke booth and a cryptic crossword.
Additionally, they’ve spoken further about the alpine chalet episode, which will be called ‘The Devil Of Christmas’ and will feature the Krampus, a half-goat half-demon creature from Austrian folklore who punishes naughty children during the festive season. Sounds like just the sort of horror-tinged comedy we’ve come to expect (and relish) from the duo!
TVO-connected talent confirmed for the cast of Inside No. 9’s third series includes Morgana Robinson (House Of Fools), Alexandra Roach (Hunderby), Mat Baynton (Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Bill) and Jason Watkins (Psychoville).
You can purchase tickets to see Reece in The Dresser at The Duke of York’s Theatre here.