"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)
This is Simon Gray's website, where you will find a rapidly growing archive of information about his work, production and publication news, and a regularly updated bookshop. There will also be exclusive video, features and essays commissioned for the site.
Simongray.org.uk launched on the 21st October 2009. We welcome feedback about the site so please send us your comments.
Playwright, diarist and novelist Simon Gray was born on Hayling Island on 21st October 1936. His first novel, Colmain, was published in 1963. He was the author of many plays for TV and radio, as well as films, including the 1987 adaptation of J L Carr’s A Month in the Country, and TV films such as Old Flames, After Pilkington and Unnatural Pursuits. He wrote more than 30 stage plays, among them Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Close of Play, The Rear Column, Quartermaine’s Terms, The Common Pursuit, Hidden Laughter, The Late Middle Classes, Japes, The Old Masters (his ninth play to be directed by Harold Pinter) and Little Nell, which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Bath in 2007, directed by Peter Hall. In 1990 he was given the BAFTA Writer’s Award.
His acclaimed works of non-fiction include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda. The dramatisation of his diaries, The Last Cigarette, co-authored with Hugh Whitemore and directed by Richard Eyre, played in the West End in spring/summer 2009. 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.
The Simon Gray Interviews
A collection of interviews with leading figures who worked with Simon or have a connection to his work.
Stephen Hollis: The theatre director discusses working with Simon Gray in England and the USA, the beginnings of his career, directing Pinter in his own play, and more... read
Stephen Page: The CEO of Faber & Faber talks about his career in publishing and the future of the book... read
Ken Trodd: The film and television producer discusses his career, his work with Simon Gray, Dennis Potter, Ken Loach and many others... read
Christopher Morahan: The television and theatre director discusses working with Simon Gray on stage and screen and his career at the BBC, the National Theatre and elsewhere.. read