Butley by Simon Gray, The Criterion, London, 14 July 1971
See also Simon Gray's Butley (film - 1974)

Designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting Designer - Robert Bryan

Ben Butley - Alan Bates
Joseph Keyston - Richard O'Callaghan
Miss Heasman - Brenda Cavendish
Edna Shaft - Mary Wimbush
Anne Butley - Collette O'Neil
Reg Nuttall - Michael Byrne
Mr. Gardner - George Fenton

"I wanted to do the play of Butley in the first place because it seemed to me to have such verve, such mastery of language, and the central character was, I thought, such a remarkable man. I fuond the play ferocious, very witty, very sad."

Harold Pinter, The American Film Theatre/Cinebill for Simon Gray's Butley, January 1974.


"I sat in on his rehearsals which were conducted with clarity, precision and ease. I think what I learned from him is that directing is simply a matter of the application of common sense. Anybody should be able to do it who is capable of thinking practically and specifically about the meaning of this or that line."

Simon Gray in Michael Billington, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, London: Faber and Faber, 1996, p.222.

"Harold Pinter's direction has just the right touch of ironic fooling and self-deprecation to make this clever play one of the delights of the year."

Milton Shulman, The Evening Standard, 15 July 1971.

"There are none of the expected characteristics in Harold Pinter's direction, no pauses gravid with hidden meaning; it is simply right at every moment."

B. A. Young, The Financial Times, 15 July 1971.

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