Simons Callow and Gray Together on New Play

News   Simons Callow and Gray Together on New Play The Simon Gray play, The Holy Terror, is scheduled to open in London’s West End on April 14, with previews from April 8 at the Duke Of York’s Theatre. Not only has Gray bagged a top theatre star to headline the show in the shape of Simon Callow, but he’s also got Laurence Boswell to direct – no stranger to stars after overseeing the London stage debuts of Madonna, Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Simon Callow
Simon Callow

Unlike those actors, of course, Callow is a vastly experienced stage performer – most frequently on the London boards these days with his Charles Dickens one-man show, The Mystery of Charles Dickens. He also has a big screen profile (from films including “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and “Shakespeare In Love”). And Callow is also a prolific director and writer, with biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles to his name. Simon Gray is well known to British and American theatregoers for plays including Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine’s Terms, The Common Pursuit and Japes. His last Broadway show was 1977’s Otherwise Engaged, which won him his second Tony Best Play nomination. The Holy Terror is about a ruthless publishing supreme who is brought down by his own inner demons. It was seen Off-Broadway in the early '90s with Daniel Gerroll in the lead role.

Along with Callow, the cast features Robin Soans, Geraldine Alexander, Beverly Klein, Tom Beard, Matt Canavan and Lydia Fox.

The show marks the producing debut of Theatre Royal Brighton Productions. The regional theatre plans to produce up to three shows in London every year, all with high-profile actors. The shows will launch in Brighton, tour the UK and either end in the West End or proceed to tour internationally. The Holy Terror is a co-production with Laurence Boswell Productions Limited – another producing debut.

For further information call (0)20 7369 1791, with an initial booking period stretching until August 7.