“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
33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfill his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. A cosmic battle begins – for the soul of humanity.
The 2016 run will launch the publication of The Devil’s Passion by Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama). From Tuesday 29th March onwards, The Devil’s Passion will run throughout the Easter season, 29th March-16th April, Mon-Sat at 7.30pm in the uniquely atmospheric setting of the Crypt of St John, Clerkenwell. Located beneath the ancient Priory Church of the Mediaeval Order of St John of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitallers), the twelfth century crypt is an eerily beautiful hidden gem of mediaeval London in the heart of Clerkenwell.
Tuesday 29th March – 16th April at 7.30pm (no performance 3rd, 5th & 10th April). Tickets: Tue-Sat £15/£12, Saturdays £17/£13, Mondays all tickets £10. Online bookings, click here. Telephone bookings: 0800 411 8881.
Museum of St John, St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DA.
Passion Pit Theatre would like to thank the Museum of St John for generously hosting its London run of The Devil’s Passion in this inspiring space. 30% of every ticket sold will go to support the work of the Museum and its associated charities, the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and the St John’s Ambulance. In addition, when you purchase your ticket, we ask that you consider making a donation to the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, providing vital humanitarian support in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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
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.
By 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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