Set in 1942, the film is adapted from William Luce's play of the same name, and follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore (played by Plummer), a member of one of Hollywood's most well known multi-generational theatrical dynasties. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds him reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand, old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life.
The film also features John Plumpis in the role of Frank, the Prompter.
Plummer won a the 1997 Tony for Best Actor in a Play for Barrymore, and in 2011, repeated his performance for multiple high-definition cameras, filmed over seven days on location and on the stage at the Elgin Theater in Toronto.
The 90-minute film is produced by Garth H. Drabinsky.