Entertaining Angels

Richard Everett

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 1m

Entertaining Angels
by Richard Everett

As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases.

Entertaining Angels

by  Richard Everett

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  • Cast Size
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    4f, 1m
  • Duration
    105 Minutes
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    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases, usually to the new - female - vicar, Sarah. The return of Grace's eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront Bardolph's ghost and the truth of their marriage. At the same time Sarah reveals some un-clergy-like credentials of her own to Grace's therapist daughter Jo. Entertaining Angels asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all, "Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?"


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  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    A rural English vicarage garden patio & stream bankside

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors

F4 (60s, 30s) M1 (60s)

GRACE- (50) Vicar’s wife who is energetic, conservative, haughty, astute, intelligent, brisk and witty. On the dark side can be acerbic, patronizing and sarcastic… a playground bully in a tweed skirt.
RUTH- (50) Grace’s older sister. A missionary in Africa. Attractive in a disheveled way, hippy, ditzy, quirky, warm and truthful with a playful, mischievous side.
JO- (late 20s) Grace’s daughter. A psychotherapist/counsellor. Calm, sensible, dependable, reliable, stylish and a bit spiky.
SARAH- (mid-thirties) New incumbent vicar. Formal, straight, supportive. Hides her emotions well but sometimes lets them slip. Unsure of herself at times but finally embraces her new role with gusto.
BARDOLPH- (50) Vicar, Grace’s deceased husband. philosophical theologian, spiritual, confused, scatty and other-worldly. 






"Richard Everett has written a warm, glowing, serious comedy, like an Ayckbourn play finished by JM Barrie." The Sunday Times.

"Everett, a dramatist new to me, has come up with that increasingly rare commodity, a boulevard comdey that is both affecting and entertaining .. This is a funny, touching, and genuinely thought-provoking comedy and one that surely deserves a West End transfer." The Daily Telegraph.

"A very English comedy with some real emotion .. adultery, miscarriage, divorce and deception interestingly handled all, are just some of the problems that writer Richard Everett beds down among well-received jokes ... a sure-fire hit." London Evening Standard.

"This deceptively profound comic play was thoroughly absorbing and entertaining. It ... surprised and delighted with its ability to shake preconceptions." - Irene Brown, EdinburghGuide.com





Richard Everett

Richard Everett is an actor, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of 7 published stage plays including the much-acclaimed “Entertaining Angels” which has had over 100 productions worldwide. He has 200 animation scripts to his credit as well as 2 feature films, 3 plays for BBC radio 4, and a published collectio ...

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