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DAVID HAIG stars in

Racing Demon

by David Hare, directed by Jonathan Church

21 June - 8 July 2017

Racing Demon

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Overview

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ Daily Mail

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Whatsonstage

★★★★ 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 include Plenty, 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 and King 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.

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating Witty and richly human ... the stuff of life itself. Racing Demon is a wonderful play, well served - The Times

    4 Star Rating Jonathan Church’s respectful, coolly-staged production is a cerebral, delicate delight from Alpha to Omega. Lovely acting from all concerned - Daily Mail

    4 Star Rating A powerful revival - The Stage

    4 Star Rating A gripping drama ... excellent cast ... sharp direction - TheatreBath

    4 Star Rating All-round excellent acting being facilitated by sensitive and penetrating direction - StageTalk Magazine

    David Haig heads the terrific cast who never sound a false note ... A wonderful cathedral-like background looms over the stage ... Outstanding ... deserves packed houses every night - ListomaniaBath

    Hare's masterpiece and one of the great British plays of the last century - Daily Telegraph

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  • Cast

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    The Reverend Lionel Espy - David Haig

    The Right Reverend Charlie Allen, Bishop of Southwark - Anthony Calf

    The Reverend Tony Ferris - Paapa Essiedu

    The Reverend Donal 'Streaky' Bacon - Sam Alexander

    The Reverend Harry Henderson - Ian Gelder

    The Right Reverend Gilbert Heffernan, Bishop of Kingston - William Chubb

    Frances Parnell - Rebecca Night

    Stella Marr - Michelle Bonnard

    Heather Espy - Amanda Root

    Ewan Gilmour - Andrew Fraser

    Tommy Adair - Ashley Russell

     

    Director - Jonathan Church

    Designer - Simon Higlett

    Lighting - Tim Mitchell

    Sound - Fergus O'Hare

    Composer - Matthew Scott

    Assistant Director - Celine Lowenthal

    Casting Director - Gabrielle Dawes CDG

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  • Info

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    Times:
    Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
    National Press Night 28th June 7pm
    Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (No Matinee 22nd June)

    Preview Performances 21st June – 27th June and National Press Performance on 28th June all seats £25. (Grand Circle £15) Subscription Scheme does not apply. No other discounts apply.

    Running Time: 2 hours 40 mins, including interval

    Prices

    Previews & National Press Performance £15.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
    Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
    Sat eves: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
    Thurs mats: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00

    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy. 

    Plus £1 postage

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