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“I’m thinking of starting my own web site. I must find out what a web site is exactly. I have a general sense that it’s a source of information about oneself for the benefit of others, and that it works through the Internet, which I’ll also find out about… Now I’ve launched myself into this computer I can surely do all those things that everybody else has been doing for decades…”  Enter a Fox (2001)

Playwright, diarist and novelist Simon Gray was born on Hayling Island on 21st October 1936. He wrote more than 30 stage plays, among them ButleyOtherwise Engaged, Close of PlayThe Rear Column, Quartermaine’s Terms, The Common Pursuit, Hidden Laughter, The Late Middle ClassesJapesThe Old Masters (his ninth to be directed by Harold Pinter) and Little Nell. He also wrote five novels and numerous plays for TV, radio and film, such as After Pilkington and A Month in the Country. In 1990 he was given the BAFTA Writer’s Award. His acclaimed works of non-fiction include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda. Simon Gray was appointed CBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours for his services to drama and literature. He died on August 7th 2008.

Coming Up: After Pilkington, BFI, 13th January 2016

“A darkly comic thriller set amongst the academic community of Oxford”. Starring Bob Peck and Barry Foster.

Part of the Christopher Morahan season at the BFI, London. Buy tickets.


Past Productions

In the Vale of Health

Four of Simon Gray’s plays – Japes, Japes Too, Michael and Missing Dates – were performed at the Hampstead Theatre, London in May and June 2014 under the title In the Vale of Health. […]



Listen to Simon Gray reading from his diaries:

Recent Editions

Simon Gray’s diaries were recently republished in two collected editions:

The early Diaries

The Early Diaries (Faber and Faber, 2010)

Complete Smoking Diaries

The Complete Smoking Diaries (Granta, 2014)

‘There are few things more enjoyable than reading the diaries of Simon Gray.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Simon Gray’s plays were republished in five collected volumes by Faber and Faber in 2010:

Gray Plays 1  Gray Plays 2 biblio  Gray Plays 3 biblio  Gray Plays 4 biblio  Gray Plays 5

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