We lament the loss of Hugh Whitemore, celebrated writer and dear friend, who died on 17th July. He co-adapted Simon Gray’s The Last Cigarette for the stage, working with Simon after he was diagnosed with cancer. The Last Cigarette was performed at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester and the Trafalgar Studios in 2009.
We mourn the loss and remember the career of Hywel Bennett, who died on July 25th 2017. Among his many fine performances he appeared in Simon Gray’s 1967 BBC Television play Death of a Teddy Bear. He also starred in the original production of Gray’s Otherwise Engaged at the Queen’s Theatre, taking on the […]
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.
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 […]
A selection from Simon Gray’s diaries
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
An interview with Christopher Morahan
The television, film and theatre director talks to Colin MacCabe about his career and collaborations with Simon Gray
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 […]