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Fat chance

Author: Simon Gray
Publisher: London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In early 1995, the 'Stephen Fry quits' drama spawned dozens of newspaper articles on the runaway actor. After receiving generally good reviews, Simon Gray's Cell Mates mysteriously metamorphosed into a 'bad' play and one from which the overworked Fry had been right to walk away. The media continued to be fascinated: the plucky understudy, the dependable Simon Ward, the angry playwright, the righteous  Read more...
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Named Person: Simon Gray; Simon Gray; Stephen Fry; Rik Mayall
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Gray
ISBN: 0571177921 9780571177929
OCLC Number: 33407364
Description: 126 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Simon Gray.

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In early 1995, the 'Stephen Fry quits' drama spawned dozens of newspaper articles on the runaway actor. After receiving generally good reviews, Simon Gray's Cell Mates mysteriously metamorphosed into a 'bad' play and one from which the overworked Fry had been right to walk away. The media continued to be fascinated: the plucky understudy, the dependable Simon Ward, the angry playwright, the righteous self-justification of the critics and more and more on Stephen Fry. Yet Rik Mayall, the other star of the play, and a continuing strong presence on stage, was noticeably absent from the welter of words. Betrayal is in the air but what really happened and why? Fat Chance, Simon Gray's compulsively readable account of life on the edge of a nervous breakdown, charts the real drama behind the media drama behind the stage drama.

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