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Fat Chance [Paperback]

Simon Gray
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March 16 2005
In 1995 Simon Gray's play Cell Mates opened at the Albery Theatre in London. Star Stephen Fry mysteriously--and famously--vanished a few days later, leaving in his wake a mixture of anger and incomprehension, turmoil and gallantry. Fry's understudy stepped in and a replacement was found, but just three weeks later the play closed.

A classical account of theatrical misadventure, Fat Chance is Simon Gray's intimate story of how a West End play was made and unmade.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent. Fascinating. Enjoyable. Jan. 25 1999
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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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5.0 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.
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5.0 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.
5.0 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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 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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