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Racing Demon is a 1990 play by English playwright David Hare. Part of a trio of plays about British institutions, it focuses on the Church of England, and tackles issues such as gay ordination, and the role of evangelism in inner-city communities. The play debuted at the National Theatre.

Racing Demon
Racing Demon.jpg
Cottesloe, National Theatre window card, 1990
Written byDavid Hare
Date premiered1990
Place premieredCottesloe, National Theatre
London England
Original languageEnglish
SeriesRacing Demon
Murmuring Judges
The Absence of War
SubjectClergymen struggle to make sense of their mission
Setting1980s; South London

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 1990 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play
  • 1996 Tony Award for Best Play


  • Hare, David (1990). Racing Demon: A Play (First ed.). London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-573-11369-6.

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