The film of Butley was produced by the American Film Theatre in 1974 with the following cast:

BEN BUTLEY – Alan Bates
JOEY KEYSTON – Richard O’Callaghan
REG NUTALL – Michael Byrne
EDNA SHAFT – Jessica Tandy
ANNE BUTLEY -Susan Engel
MISS HEASMAN – Georgina Hale
MR GARDNER – Simon Rouse
JAMES – John Savident

Directed by Harold Pinter

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Simon Gray and Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter and Simon Gray on the set of Butley

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The stage play version of Butley was published as a Faber Contemporary Classic in Simon Gray: Plays 1 on July 7th 2010. To order a copy on special offer at 25% discount please contact Faber and use code GRAYPLAYS. Or check out the Plays section of our bookshop.

It is also available in the following editions:

Key Plays (Faber and Faber 2002 ISBN 0-571-21634-X)

The Definitive Simon Gray Volume I (Faber and Faber 1992 ISBN 0-571-16223-1)

Plays 1 (Methuen 1986 ISBN 0-413-40420-X)

Butley (Eyre Methuen 1971)

Butley (Samuel French US)