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is a 1990 play by English playwright David Hare
Sir David Hare is an English playwright and theatre and film director.-Early life:Hare was born in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, the son of Agnes and Clifford Hare, a sailor. He was educated at Lancing, an independent school in West Sussex, and at Jesus College, Cambridge...
. Part of a trio of plays about British institutions, it focuses on the Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...
, and tackles issues such as gay ordination
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, and the role of evangelism
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in inner-city communities. The play debuted at the National Theatre
The Royal National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom's two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company...
Awards and nominations
- 1990 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play
- 1996 Tony Award for Best Play