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Product Details

  • 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,568,959 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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5019bf4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0xa541a378) out of 5 stars Intelligent. Fascinating. Enjoyable. Jan. 24 1999
By M. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5af7270) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa594a3cc) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa5964e1c) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa53fe5dc) out of 5 stars Candidate for "Best Theatrical Memoir of All Time" Sept. 22 2015
By David Cuthbert - Published on Amazon.com
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Every one of British playwright Simon Gray's theatrical memoirs are great reading, but this one is special. It's about his play "Cell Mates" and how one actor, Stephen Fry, destroyed it by leaving not only the play. but England itself because of ONE review. He claimed not to read reviews, but there you go. You can never believe an actor.,
Gray's pen is dipped in acid wit and anger. One of the GREAT Theatrical memoirs of all time. I read it on an average of once a year, give it to friends, buy more copies. Pure gold for the stage aficionado. Gray tries to understand Fry, but Fry screwed up many people's lives and lost them all a lot of money simply because the British theater critics can often be stingingly bitchy. But Fry knew that going in! Gray lets him have it, with both barrels.


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