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News The Last Cigarette Will Transfer to West End's Trafalgar Studios The Last Cigarette, a stage version of Simon Gray's autobiographical "Smoking Diaries" that he adapted with fellow playwright Hugh Whitemore, will follow its current run at Chichester's Minerva Theatre (where it runs to April 11) by transferring to the West End's Trafalgar Studios.

Performances will begin in the West End April 21 prior to an official opening April 28. The production is 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 draws on Gray's 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.

Kendal has appeared in the West End in Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia and Indian Ink and David Hare's Amy's View, as well as Humble Boy at the Gielgud Theatre, Gray's Hidden Laughter at the Vaudeville Theatre and Tartuffe at the Playhouse Theatre.

Le Prevost's theatre credits include the title role in Uncle Vanya, directed by Peter Hall at the Rose Theatre; Uncle Willy in The Philadelphia Story for the Old Vic; The Wild Duck for the Donmar Warehouse; and Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady for the National Theatre. He is a founding member and director of The Wrestling School, a company formed to produce the works of playwright Howard Barker. Britton has worked extensively with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and at Shakespeare's Globe. His recent stage credits include Fram and Oedipus for the National Theatre, Private Lives for Hampstead Theatre and the part of John Gielgud in the original production of Nicholas de Jongh's Plague Over England at the Finborough Theatre.

Richard Eyre was artistic director of the National Theatre between 1987 and 1997 where he directed many award-winning productions and numerous plays by David Hare and Tom Stoppard. His more recent credits include Hedda Gabler for the Almeida Theatre and Mary Poppins both in the West End and on Broadway. His films include "Iris," "Notes on a Scandal" and "Stage Beauty."

Hugh Whitemore's plays include Stevie, Pack of Lies, Breaking the Code, A Letter of Resignation and, most recently, an adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's As You Desire Me, seen at the Playhouse Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Bob Hoskins.

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