RACING DEMON BY DAVID HARE
21 June - 8th July 2017
Assistant Director to Jonathan Church
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Daily Mail
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Bristol Post
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine
★★★★ Theatre Bath
"David Haig underlines his status as one of our great stage actors" Broadway World
David Hare’s richly intelligent, funny and gripping drama received all four major Best Play Awards when it opened at the National Theatre in 1990 and has since been a hit all over the world.
Four clergymen seek to make sense of their mission in inner-city London whilst facing their own personal crises. David Haig plays Lionel Espy, a cleric whose faith is wavering as his parishioners dwindle; there’s tabloid-hounded gay vicar Harry Henderson; ‘Streaky’ Bacon, a genial reverend with a taste for tequila, and a charismatic young curate, Tony Ferris whose arrival is set to fan the ames, whilst his sexual relationship with his lover turns to ash. The day of judgement is at hand for all.
David Hare is one of the UK’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters. His award-winning plays includePlenty, Skylight, Amy’s View and The Judas Kiss and he received Academy Award nominations for his adaptations of The Hours and The Reader. Racing Demon is one of David Hare's celebrated trilogy which examines three British institutions: Murmuring Judges takes on the judiciary, The Absence of War looks at the Labour Party and Racing Demon tackles the role of the clergy and the church’s place in modern Britain.
Olivier Award winner David Haig’s towering performances in The Madness of George III in 2011 andKing Lear in 2013 have been amongst the most memorable seen in Bath in recent years. Paapa Essiedu's recent roles for the RSC include Hamlet, for which has has just been awarded the prestigious Ian Charleson Award, which recognises actors under the age of 30 performing classical roles. Anthony Calf's recent credits include King Charles III. Rebecca Night starred in the title role in the BBC TV adaptation of Fanny Hill.