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Last Cigarette burns out early

Published 14 May 2009

The Last Cigarette, the staged memoirs of writer Simon Gray, which stars Felicity Kendal, Jasper Britton and Nicholas Le Prevost, is to close earlier than expected on 23 May.

The show, which transferred to the Trafalgar Studio 1 last month after a successful run at Chichester’s Minerva theatre, was due to run until August, but has been forced to cut its London engagement short.

The show’s producers commented: “Sadly, in this particularly competitive time, ticket sales have not been strong enough to complete the originally announced run.”

The play, co-written by Gray and Hugh Whitemore, uses three actors, all playing Gray, to reflect on the writer’s life, from his father’s affair to his own battle with lung cancer.

No announcement has been made about any new productions scheduled to fill the gap created between the closure of The Last Cigarette at the Trafalgar Studio 1 and the September opening of The Northern Broadsides production of Othello, which stars Lenny Henry.




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