A day in the life of Ben Butley. But definitely not a day to remember for this T.S. Eliot scholar at the University of London. Let's take for example Anne, his already estranged wife: today is the day she has chosen to tell him she is leaving him for good, and for a man Butley despises, and what about Joey Kingston, whose close friendship Ben is losing, maybe forever today? Decidedly, all the odds are against him. Will Butley, the bitter misanthropist, the unrepentant alcoholic, the teacher who bullies his students, his friends, and his colleagues, in other words, the self-destructive nihilist, survive this horrible day?
His wife just left him for another man. And so did his boy friend.
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Did You Know?
The original Broadway production of "Butley" written by Simon Gray
opened at the Morosco Theater in New York City on October 31, 1972, ran for one hundred thirty-five performances, and was nominated for the 1973 Tony Award for the Best Play. Sir Alan Bates
re-created his 1973 Tony Award winning performance Best Actor in Play in this filmed production based on the Simon Gray play and screenplay. See more
I'm a one-woman man, and I've had mine, thank God.