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Trafalgar Studio 1
Whitehall, SW1A 2DY
The Last Cigarette
Trafalgar Studio 1 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Trafalgar Studio 1 photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 21st Apr 09
Opens 28th Apr 09
Booking to 1st Aug 09
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

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Background
Simon Gray, author of the Last Cigarette was also responsible for other works including Hidden Laughter, The Common Pursuit, Butley, Otherwise Engaged and Quatermaine’s Terms.

Simon and Hugh Whitemore, a fellow playwright, co-adapted Gray's 'Smoking Diaries', He wrote 'Breaking The Code', 'Stevie' and 'Pack Of Lies'. 

The parts are played by George Fenton, Felicity Kendal and Nicholas le Prevost who carry the play through the introduction of several characters in Simon Gray's life which is what the play is all about. Although it includes the process of severe illness, essentially this play is more about the very alive presence of courage and humour so I wouldn't presume this to be a play about death which is  term used in describing it.  Simon gray died when he finished the play and I guess he was very alive until then.

The players have been with this play for a while and it moves with a dexterity where one is more aware of the character they play than the fact that they are all experienced and great actors. Terrific lighting and design.

It's not around for long – so now is a good time to book.

Story
The author Simon Gray was a passionate smoker and was told he had a year to live because he had developed lung cancer from a heavy habit. The story is about his relationship with the habit, his doctors, his family and friends. His stream of insightful and humorous thoughts about dying made the story an exposition of courage in a dying man.

'A startling mixture of comedy and candour that can only be described as heroic'
Daily Telegraph.

Cast
Felicity Kendal • Nicholas le Prevost • Jasper Britton

Authors  -Simon Gray and Hugh Whitemore
• Music
- George Fenton
• Design
- Rob Howell
• Lighting & Projection
- John Driscoll

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