Simon Gray’s New Old Masters to Play London; Pinter Directs

News   Simon Gray’s New Old Masters to Play London; Pinter Directs
His last West End show, The Holy Terror, may have closed prematurely, but that has not deterred Simon Gray. His new play, The Old Masters, is set to transfer from the Birmingham Rep to London’s Comedy Theatre.

The Old Masters will begin previews June 26 with an official opening scheduled for July 1.

Harold Pinter, frequent director of Gray’s work, has reunited with his old friend for The Old Masters. The play delves into the fine art world, depicting the  relationship between art critic, collector and writer Bernard Berenson and millionaire art dealer Joseph Duveen. Based on a real relationship between the pair, Gray has Duveen showing up to see Berenson with a priceless Renaissance painting that may expose their secret business.

Edward Fox stars as Berenson, with Peter Bowles as Duveen. The big-name cast also features Barbara Jefford and Sally Dexter.

Gray’s autobiographical volume “The Smoking Diaries” was published by Granta earlier in 2004. Meanwhile arguably his most famous play, Butley, is heading for a Broadway showing to star Nathan Lane in 2005.

For more information on The Old Masters at the Comedy, call (0) 870 060 6637.  

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