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Gray, Simon 1936-2008

Overview
Works: 170 works in 743 publications in 4 languages and 17,855 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Diaries  Biography  Case studies  Film adaptations  Comedy plays  Melodrama 
Roles: Author, Performer, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Conceptor, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Director, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6057.R33, 822.914
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Otherwise engaged and other plays by Simon Gray( Book )

46 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British publisher's record listening interrupted by uninvited visitors seeking to involve him in personal problems. He remains outwardly calm and disengaged through attempted seduction, suicide, wife's revelation of adultery
Butley by Simon Gray( Book )

65 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most successful plays of recent British stage history, Butley explores the complex relationship between the university lecturer Ben Butley and his former star pupil--now also a lecturer--Joey. The play takes place in the course of a single day and is set in the disheveled office in a college of London University that Butley shares with Joey. He also shares with Joey, we soon learn, his bed and bard. Butley's short-lived marriage has just broken up, following which he has invited Joey back to live with him. The play opens in the morning of the first day of classes following a brief holiday. Joey, instead of spending the holiday with Butley, has gone off with another suitor, a fact Butley is not yet prepared to cope with, as he is unprepared to accept the collapse of his marriage. Butley's painful discoveries about himself and those he loves--or pretends to love--are made against a background of petty academic politics and intrigue. Hardbitten and cynical on the surface, brilliant and devious in his thought and language, Butley emerges as a moving and touching character. "Butley...could well join that distinguished gallery of human debris represented by Willy Loman, Jimmy Porter, and Bill Maitland in post-war drama," wrote Milton Schulman in The Evening Standard (which named Butley the best new play of the year). "What is so wondrous about he play...is its ability to be funny. The stark, unsentimental approach to the homosexual relationship, the cynical send-up of academic life, the sceptical view of teacher-pupil associations are all stunningly illuminated by explosions of sardonic, needling, feline, vituperative, civilised lines."--Publisher's description
Quartermaine's terms by Simon Gray( Book )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With much humour and an undercurrent of pathos, 'Quartermaine's Terms' looks at the lives and relationships of seven teachers who gravitate between classes to the faculty common room of their small British school for foreigners. It was first presented at the Queen's Theatre, London, in July 1981
The common pursuit : scenes from the literary life by Simon Gray( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Follows the lives of six friends from their meeting in the sixties when they first come together as Cambridge undergraduates, through the following twenty years to the onset of middle age. Although on the surface a comedy of literary manners, The common pursuit is also a study of love and friendship, deceit and compromise"--Pre page [1]
Stage struck by Simon Gray( Book )

23 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stage Struck, an inventive thriller that employs a handful of actors to play chameleon like parts within parts, opens in the living room of one Robert Simon. Formerly a first rate stage manager in a provincial repertory company, he now he keeps house for his West End actress wife while amusing himself with various sexual adventures. He is a thoroughly happy man until the clumsy intervention of a psychiatrist destroys his happiness and his marriage. He plans a hideous revenge on his wife and the psychiatrist a revenge which allows him to rediscover all his old talents."--Publisher's description
Plays, one by Simon Gray( Book )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hidden laughter by Simon Gray( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a hilarious look at the artistic pretentions of the young and the rich that charts a decade in the life of a London family transplanted to an idyllic country setting. A literary agent and his wife buy a Devon cottage where she can write, children will be happy, and they can relax. Into their world walks the local vicar, a classically comic character who tends their magnificant garden and their emotional if not spiritual needs as the outside world intrudes with failure and disillusionment
Wise child by Simon Gray( Book )

16 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What business have Mrs. Artminster and her son Jerry in the Home Counties that necessitates a long stay in a small-town hotel in the off-season? The explanation they give the proprietor is obviously contrived, but he has his reasons for allowing them to stay. In Simon Gray's first play for the stage - which opened at Wyndham's Theatre in October, 1967 - the truth is complex and its revelation electrifying
Close of play by Simon Gray( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Close of Play' is a radical exploration of poetic drama, as an immobile and silent head of family sits as confessor to a quarrelsome family. Its range of operation, its sleight of hand, its command of varying modes of language, its use of monologue and chorus - all this moved it far away from its ostensible naturalism. 'Close of Play' was first performed in the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre, London, in May 1979
The rear column and other plays by Simon Gray( Book )

10 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rear column, Dog days, and other plays by Simon Gray( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melon by Simon Gray( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in 3 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Close of play & Pig in a poke by Simon Gray( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idiot by Simon Gray( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Idiot' is a dramatisation of Dostoievsky's original novel. In creating this stage play, Simon Gray chose some of the most vivid and contrasting episodes recounting the strange involvement between Prince Myshkin, the good natured 'Idiot', the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna and her desperate lover and husband, Rogozhin. The ambiguity of these episodes and the paradoxical atmosphere of the novel - hovering between sombre tragedy and grotesque farce - is heightened by the use of a strange, sinister commentator, the character of Ferdyschenko. 'The Idiot' was first presented by the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, London, in July 1970
After Pilkington by Simon Gray( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dog days by Simon Gray( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter finds the idea of sitting at his desk in a publishing house considerably less attractive than attempting to seduce a free-lance cover designer while his wife is out teaching English to foreigners and shopping at Sainsbury. 'Dog Days' is about the sad and hilarious consequences of Peter's disenchantment with his job, his wife, his public schoolmaster brother and himself. The play is a companion piece to 'Otherwise Engaged' and has the same remarkable blend of wit and pathos, humour and despair. 'Dog Days' was first performed in October 1976 at the Oxford Playhouse
Spoiled by Simon Gray( Book )

8 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Spoiled', first performed at Glasgow's Close Theatre Club in 1970, is about the tensions in a teacher's home when he invites one of his pupils to spend the weekend before the exam for some last-minute coaching. The over-mothered Donald is a nervous boy anxious to better himself for his mother's sake and to please his teacher. Howarth's natural enthusiasm and flair for getting the best out of dull pupils seem to mask a kind of self-indulgence. Joanna, his heavily pregnant wife, full of unease, begins to see this clearly as the weekend progresses: the realisation only makes her more vulnerable
Just the three of us by Simon Gray( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Take one closet writer of romantic fiction, her beloved local vicar, her philandering husband and a girl on the loose - add in a devotion to literature, a fast car and a captivating length of chain - and you have Simon Gray's new play, where love, lust and a smiling refusal to say no can have frightening and exhilarating consequences."--Jacket
The late middle classes by Simon Gray( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"England in the 1950s. Celia, bored to distraction, fills her time with tennis and gin; Charles, a pathologist, is buried in his work among the living and the dead; and their gifted son, Holly, is having his first lessons in both music and in life."--Publisher description
Simply disconnected by Simon Gray( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gray's play 'Otherwise Engaged' was about a man (Simon Hench) who tries to keep the world at bay by pretending it does not really exist. The world nevertheless keeps coming at him as all those closest to him require an explanation for his existence. In 1996 Simon Gray wrote this sequel, in which he explores how Simon Hench responds to the catastrophes and absurdities of his life a quarter century on, when explanations are still being required. 'Simply Disconnected' was first performed at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in May 1996
 
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Alternative Names
Gray, Simon James Holliday 1936-2008

Holliday, James 1936-2008

Languages
English (404)

French (14)

Danish (2)

Swedish (1)

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ButleyQuartermaine's termsPlays, oneHidden laughterJust the three of usThe late middle classesSimply disconnected