Play - Original

Morosco Theatre

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  • First Preview: October 21, 1972
  • Opening Date: October 31, 1972
  • Closing Date: February 24, 1973
  • Previews: 14
  • Performances: 135

Playwright: Simon Gray


Butley, a university professor, shares his office and his flat with his former star pupil. He must face the ultimate breakdown of his marriage and his intense friendship with his roommate, all while entangled in petty university politics and student dissent.


Opening Night Cast

Alan Bates Ben Butley
Christopher Hastings Mr. Gardner
Barbara Lester Edna Shaft
Hayward Morse Joseph Keyston
Roger Newman Reg Nuttall
Geraldine Sherman Miss Heasman
Holland Taylor in Butley Holland Taylor Anne Butley
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Simon Gray Writer
  James Hammerstein Director
Harold Pinter Harold Pinter Original production directed
  Eileen Diss Scenic Design
  Neil Peter Jampolis Costume Design
  Neil Peter Jampolis Lighting Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1973 Outstanding Performance Alan Bates Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1973 Actor in a Play Alan Bates Winner
1973 Featured Actor in a Play Hayward Morse Nominee
1973 Play   Nominee
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