Racing Demon

 /  3w, 8m

Winner! Olivier Award for Best Play
Winner! Time Out Award for Best Play

“Bracingly intelligent and highly entertaining.” - The Guardian
"As rivetting as a boxing match." - N.Y. Magazine

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 8m
  • Suggested Use
    • UIL Approved
  • Winner! Olivier Award for Best Play
    Winner! London Critics Circle Award for Best Play
    Winner! Play & Players Critics Award for Best Play
    Winner! Time Out Award for Best Play



Forming the first part of the David Hare Trilogy (which also comprises of Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War) Racing Demon focuses on the Church of England. A disparate body, the Church now finds itself attracting unwanted publicity, wracked by the dissension of its members on matters of doctrine and practice and at odds with the government. In this climate the Reverend Lionel Espy and his team of clergymen struggle to make sense of their mission in South London, as the arrival of a zealous young curate intensifies their personal and professional problems. Premiered at the Royal National Theatre in a production starring Oliver Ford Davies, Richard Pasco, and Michael Bryant, Racing Demon has toured very successfully in Britain and abroad and has made several triumphant returns to the Royal National Theatre. 

“Bracingly intelligent and highly entertaining.” - The Guardian

“...brilliant and funny...” - The Observer

"As rivetting as a boxing match." - N.Y. Magazine

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Extras required (i.e. waiters and synod members)

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David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights." Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. ...
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