Simon Gray

Simon Gray


Simon Gray, the British playwright who for four decades chronicled with sardonic wit and a cerebral style the mores of English literary and academic circles, died Aug. 7, 2008, the Guardian reported. He was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and had been in failing health. Mr. Gray wrote more than 30 plays, including Quartermaine's Terms, Melon, The Common Pursuit, Otherwise Engaged, The Holy Terror, The Late Middle Classes and Wise Child. He was nominated for Tony Awards for Butley and Otherwise Engaged. Butley, arguably his most famous play, was revived on Broadway last year, with Nathan Lane starring as the title character, a dyspeptic, alcoholic, cynical professor who discovers he is losing both his wife and his lover on the same day. “What’s so wonderful about Mr. Gray’s script,” wrote Ben Brantley in the New York Times, “is how naturally the unities fall into place and how inevitably yet stealthily self-knowledge descends upon its protagonist.”

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  • Born: Oct 21, 1936 in Hayling Island, ENGLAND
  • Death: Aug 7, 2008


Drama Desk Award
1987 Outstanding Director of a Play The Common Pursuit Nominee
1977 Outstanding New Play (Foreign) Otherwise Engaged Winner
New York Drama Critics' Circle
1977 Best Play Otherwise Engaged Winner

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