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Cell Mates returns at Hampstead Theatre this Autumn

Hampstead Theatre will stage Simon Gray’s Cell Mates as part of its Autumn season 2017. Directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall, this absorbing drama explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.
The show will run from 30 November 2017 – 20 January […]

Tim Pigott Smith: Unforgettable

It is with deep sadness that we remember the actor Tim Pigott Smith who died on 7th April 2017. Amongst his many great roles, he gave a subtle, painful and haunting performance as Geoffrey Robinson, the bewildered adult son of Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan in SG’s play Little Nell (2007, dir Peter Hall). Unforgettable.

In memoriam: Christopher Morahan

We lament the loss and celebrate the work of Christopher Morahan who died on the 7th April 2017. He directed SG’s works for both stage and screen—including Melon (1987) starring Alan Bates; the 1992 film of the play The Common Pursuit; the TV films Unnatural Pursuits (1993)– the film from The Early Diaries,  Old Flames (1990) and the […]

Simon Gray on… Simon Gray (and other things)

A selection from Simon Gray’s diaries
Being Filmed
I’m currently -€“ even as I write this -€“ being filmed. There’s a camera on me, being held and pointed by a tall, pleasant, smiling young man called Patrick. Crouched beside him Margy, the director, holds a metal box with a screen in it which shows her what […]

An Interview with Stephen Hollis

Stephen Hollis spoke to Anthony Wilks about his career and experience working with Simon Gray in December 2012
AW: How did you first got interested in the theatre – how did it all start for you?
SH: I never went to the theatre as a kid. My parents never went to the theatre, really, apart from […]

The Perils of the Playwright by Simon Callow

The Perils of the Playwright
by Simon Callow
A review of An Unnatural Pursuit and Other Pieces, first printed in The Sunday Times on 1st September 1985.
The review is reprinted in Simon Callow’s book My Life in Pieces, published by Nick Hern Books on 3rd June 2010. For more information visit the Nick Hern Books […]

By |March 7th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments|

On Directing the Late Middle Classes by David Leveaux

On directing The Late Middle Classes
by David Leveaux
First published in the Independent on 24May 2010
In a moment of inexplicable buoyancy, I once told Harold Pinter, who was about to rehearse the role of Hirst in our production of his play No Man’s Land, that I thought it essential that we didn’t fall into being […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments|

Christopher Morahan in conversation with Colin McCabe

An interview with Christopher Morahan
The television, film and theatre director talks to Colin MacCabe about his career and collaborations with Simon Gray
December 2010
Colin MacCabe: Christopher Morahan is one of the most successful directors of post war British theatre and television and also had a very considerable career as an administrator in both. You obviously […]

By |December 10th, 2010|Articles|2 Comments|

Simon Gray and Prizes by Ian Jack

Folowing the announcement that Coda has been shortlisted for the Biography Category at the 2009 Costa Book Awards, we’re delighted to welcome Ian Jack, editor of Granta between 1995 and 2007 as our first guest blogger.
On January 5 we’€™ll know if Simon’€™s last book, Coda, has won the biography category in the Costa awards. […]

By |October 5th, 2010|Articles|0 Comments|

Sorrow Laughs: An Appreciation of Simon Gray by Josephine Hart

Sorrow Laughs
An appreciation of Simon Gray by Josphine Hart
Published here by kind permission of the author
Simon Gray wrote 40 plays -€“ and a number of the wittiest diaries in the English language. He was nominated for and won countless awards -€“ too many to list here -€“ and anyway he would not have approved, […]

By |June 18th, 2010|Articles|0 Comments|