By John Nathan, April 30, 2009
Three Simon Grays simultaneously on stage — Jasper Britton, Nicholas Le Prevost and the oddly cast Felicity Kendal — delivers a much more entertaining evening than do most monologues. But director Richard Eyre fails to keep confusion entirely at bay as the trio meander through the late writer’s witty and self-searching prose. This stage version of Gray’s memoir The Last Cigarette springs to life as Gray’s story nears death. The dramatist was a three-pack-a-day man which, he calculated, cost him £6,000 per year — or one death sentence.