THE DEVIL’S PASSION

 

“One of the most remarkable evenings I have spent in the theatre.”  David Suchet

 

7th-11th March 2017 – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, Australia

“Intense performer, fantastic playwright … authoritative, captivating and riveting.”  ****Adelaide Advertiser

“Eloquent, compelling script, forcefully charismatic portrayal.”  Adelaide Review

“It doesn’t get better than this. Sensational.”  Broadway World

“Topical and insidiously clever, lyrical, animated, compelling and just downright fun.”  ****Great Scott Media 

UK TOUR 2017

 

Sunday 26th March 7pm – St Edward the Confessor, Romford

Market Place, Romford RM1 3AB

Book tickets: 0800 411 8881 or http://thedevilspassionstedwards.bpt.me

 

Friday 31st March 7.30pm – St James the Great, Woodhall

Galloway Lane, Pudsey, W. Yorks. LS28 8JR

Book tickets: 0800 411 8881 or http://thedevilspassionstjamesthegreat.bpt.me

 

Thursday 6th April 7.30pm – St Albans Cathedral

Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1BY

Book tickets : 01727 890290 or www.stalbanscathedral.org

 

Friday 7th April 7.30pm – St Saviour’s, Dartmouth

Anzac Street, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9DL

Book tickets: 0800 411 8881 or http://thedevilspassiondartmouth.bpt.me

 

Saturday 8th April 8pm – St Michael and All Angels, Sunninghill

Church Lane, Ascot, Berks. SL5 7DD

Book tickets: 0800 411 8881 or http://thedevilspassionsunninghill.bpt.me

 

Monday 10th April 7pm – St James’s Piccadilly, London

in association with Jermyn Street Theatre

197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Book tickets: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

 

Tuesday 11th April 7pm – St James’s Piccadilly, London

in association with Jermyn Street Theatre

197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Book tickets: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

 

Wednesday 12th April 7pm – Salisbury Cathedral

The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EF 

Book tickets: www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/devils-passion

 

Good Friday 14th April 7pm – St James’s Piccadilly, London

in association with Jermyn Street Theatre

197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Book tickets: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

 

For press enquiries, contact David Burns PR:  info@davidburnspr.com   07789 754 089

 

“Timely… Beautifully written… Entertaining…Poignant… A play that doesn’t lack richness. Butcher’s writing shines”  Huffington Post

“A riveting, witty performance with a fine attention to detail”  British Theatre Guide

Sharp, thought-provoking and often funny, and Justin’s performance is spellbinding”  Inspire

A worthwhile and forceful piece of theatre”  The Stage

“A real treat…highly original…genuinely thrilling… Butcher’s skills as a performer take his literate script into the realms of compelling drama…mesmerising”  Blanche Marvin reviews

“A serious and seriously fine piece of writing… It is a startlingly original presentation… it crackles with great lines”  Church Times

We may think we’ve heard the Easter story from every angle imaginable, but… Justin Butcher has added another to the list – a new, engaging play depicting the Passion from the Devil’s point of view.”  Christian Today

The Devil’s Passion is published by Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama)

33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. A battle begins – for the soul of humanity. Framed satirically against a “War on Terror” backdrop of heightened security, fear and surveillance, with Satan as self-styled Intelligence Chief fighting “extremism” in the Middle East in defence of our “freedoms”, the last days of Christ are presented as a counter-terrorism operation by diabolical security forces.

Within the next hour, our operatives will isolate, engage and capture or kill the notorious leader of the most extreme, dangerous and contagious ideology to emerge in the modern era . . . I refer, of course, to the radical preacher and populist demagogue Y’shua Bar-Yessuf – the man known, by way of shorthand to our operatives, as “Jesus”.

“The nuance of Butcher’s writing and the intelligence and rigour of its theology make ‘The Devil’s Passion’ such a worthwhile and forceful piece of theatre … deeply engaged with a radical conception of spiritual reconciliation … theological expansiveness [and] fascinating elasticity of thought.” The Stage & Television Today

The Devil’s Passion is available for booking; contact info@justinbutcher.co.uk

From the award-winning writer of Scaramouche Jones and The Madness Of George Dubya, and the award-winning director of Morecambe, Twelve Angry Men and Animal Farm, Passion Pit Theatre presents

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THE DEVIL’S PASSION or Easter in Hell

a divine comedy written & performed by Justin Butcher

directed by Guy Masterson

music & sound by Jack C. Arnold

Award-winning playwright Justin Butcher, author of the world-famous “Scaramouche Jones”, starring Pete Postlethwaite & directed by Rupert Goold, the hit anti-war satire “The Madness Of George Dubya” and the controversially acclaimed “Go To Gaza, Drink The Sea”, turns his pen to the greatest story of all.

HB_TDP_013 STABy turns comic, gripping, poetic, and heart-stirring, The Devil’s Passion offers a   radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative by renowned satirist, playwright and actor Justin Butcher, an audacious hell’s-eye-view of the Passion of Christ from a master storyteller.  Directed by Olivier-Award winner Guy Masterson (“Morecambe”, “Twelve Angry Men”, “Animal Farm”), with a haunting and evocative new soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (“War And Peace”, “Holy Flying Circus”, “The Woman In Black”). 90 mins.

Plaudits for Scaramouche Jones:

Extraordinary solo piece by Justin Butcher … hilarious, picaresque and terrifying” (The Sunday Times)

Unique … stunning … a new kind of theatre” (Metro)

Justin Butcher gives … the finest performance on the Fringe this year … a masterpiece of solo Magic Realism, impeccably written, perfectly performed” (British Theatre Guide)

Justin Butcher is superb in his delivery: engaging, animated, and endearing.” (Adelaide Advertiser)

Butcher’s use of language is sensational … every line dances like dynamite” (Bristol Evening Post)

Justin Butcher’s gloriously elegiac prose … reverberates in the memory” (Irish Independent)

 

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