England in the 1950s. Celia, desperate for distraction, fills her time with tennis and gin; Charles, a pathologist, is buried in his work among the living and the dead; and their gifted son, Holly, is having his first lessons on the piano and in life. Two years after the playwright's death Simon Gray's 1999 success receives a major revival at the Donmar Warehouse one of London's best known and most successful theatres and is published in this new edition by Nick Hern Books
SIMON GRAY's many successful plays include Butley, Otherwise Engaged and Quartermaine's Terms but his greatest claim to fame was perhaps as the author of Cell Mates, the play from which star Stephen Fry notoriously disappeared during the first previews in 1995. A prolific writer and diarist, Gray then wrote Fat Chance a best-selling account of the Fry affair. The Smoking Diaries, published in 2004, was a witty and perceptive look at his life. It proved to be one of his greatest critical and commercial successes. Simon Gray died in 2008.