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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Granta; New edition edition (March 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862077460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862077461
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,315,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Gray was born in England in 1936 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has published several volumes of diaries and books about the theatre, including The Smoking Diaries.


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I read the book because I've been a Stephen Fry fan for years and had not heard about the event the book describes. Gray writes clearly and beautifully, brings you with him into the theatre world as he tells his side of the story, with some (understandable) frustration but without recrimination. I intend to read more of Gray's work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Intelligent. Fascinating. Enjoyable. Jan. 24 1999
By M. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read the book because I've been a Stephen Fry fan for years and had not heard about the event the book describes. Gray writes clearly and beautifully, brings you with him into the theatre world as he tells his side of the story, with some (understandable) frustration but without recrimination. I intend to read more of Gray's work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Compelling Chronicle Jan. 12 2011
By Ally - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked this book up as a fan of Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall who was curious to learn about the Cell Mates incident. Simon Gray's book is a well written and informative look at the process of play writing and theatre production. Although I chose this book to learn more about Stephen Fry, I was surprised at the kind of insight given by Gray about Fry and all the actors involved in the production. This is especially true in the case of Mayall, someone largely forgotten in the wake of the play's failure and is portrayed as vastly different than he appears to his fans. He is according to Gray highly emotional and uncomfortable being himself which is a stark contrast to his onscreen and onstage persona. i recommend this to anyone interested in the Cell Mates disaster, Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good read! Jan. 31 2012
By Miche - Published on Amazon.com
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This is great, if you are a fan of Rik Mayall or Stephen Fry, because you know the behind-the-scenes of a play and how these great actors operate.
Go behind the scenes of a West End drama--and the drama backstage May 9 2015
By Pamela Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
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Capturing a specific incident in the British Theatre in 1995, author Simon Gray gives an emotionally-charged account of watching his own work destroyed when his star, Stephen Fry, inexplicably walks out on the show. Gray takes us backstage and into the world of West End theatre, gentlemen's clubs, and the emotional vulnerability of the three protagonists--Fry, his co-star Rik Mayall, and he, himself, as both author and director of the play, "Cell Mates." The book was written just weeks after the incident, so the anger is still present--Fry was later diagnosed as bi-polar--but Gray manages to capture something larger than itself with this short, 125-page account. Gray begins the story with deep admiration for wealthy, well-educated bon vivant Fry, and a mistrust and prejudice against Mayall, whom Gray considers too middle class, too spoiled and famous, and educated at the *wrong* college. When Fry bolts the show, Mayall displays such a level of grace, dignity, professionalism, and empathy, rising above the drama, that it shakes Gray's classist, judgemental attitude to the very core. Stephen Fry fans may find this book uncomfortable, but it forces the reader to look at the late Rik Mayall--known primarily for low-brow television comedy--in an entirely new light.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
NOt a play March 10 2014
By Steven R. Severance - Published on Amazon.com
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Opps I thought this was a play. It appears to be a diatribe by the author, Gray, against the actor, Fry. My copy from DailyDeals was so old, brown and beat up I threw it away without reading. Don't buy from that company. Their products are always much worse than advertised.


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