Last Cigarette to Shutter at Trafalgar Studios May 23

News   Last Cigarette to Shutter at Trafalgar Studios May 23
The Last Cigarette, a stage verison of Simon Gray's autobiographical "Smoking Diaries," which transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios from Chichester's Minerva Theatre, is to shutter May 23, less than five weeks since it began performances there.

The production, which officially opened April 28, was originally booking to Aug. 1.

Felicity Kendal, Nicholas Le Prevost and Jasper Britton, veterans, respectively, of the original London productions of Gray's plays Hidden Laughter, The Common Pursuit and Japes, star in Richard Eyre's production, which features designs by Rob Howell, lighting and projection by John Driscoll and music by George Fenton.

According to press materials, the play – devised by Gray himself with fellow playwright Hugh Whitemore — draws on his many volumes of memoirs, including "Fat Chance," "Enter a Fox," "The Smoking Diaries" and "Coda". Having faced life – and death — with unflinching courage and defiant humanity, even when writing about his own mortality, Gray lost none of his prodigious talent to entertain. Gray's plays include Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quatermaine's Terms, Hidden Laughter and The Common Pursuit.

Though no immediate replacement has been announced to fill the vacant theatre, it is already booked to host a London run for the Northern Broadsides production of Othello, starring Lenny Henry in the title role. Performances will begin Sept. 11 (prior to an official opening Sept. 18), for a run to Dec. 12.

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