‘One of the most remarkable evenings I have spent in the theatre.’ 

David Suchet

‘Satirical, darkly comic, thoroughly stimulating production’

The Observer

‘Vivid, comic and lyrical twist on familiar events’

The Sunday Telegraph

‘A terrific performance, startlingly original … it crackles with great lines.’

The Church Times

Passion Pit Theatre, hosted by Inspire Saint James Clerkenwell, presents

The Devil’s Passion

or Easter in Hell

33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. 

A battle begins – for the soul of humanity.

HOLY WEEK, 15th – 20th APRIL 2019


Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA

A proportion of funds raised at these performances will go to the DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal

‘… 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, whose terror activities represent the gravest threat to our interests across the region and the wider world. 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” …’

‘A riveting, witty performance with fine attention to detail.’ British Theatre Guide

‘A serious and seriously fine piece of writing … a startlingly original presentation, a terrific performance, it crackles with great lines.’ The Church Times

‘A light sandblasting for jaded souls, a gleefully heretical flavour … Timely, beautifully written, entertaining and poignant … Butcher’s writing shines.’ Huffington Post

‘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

Award-winning playwright Justin Butcher, author of the world-famous Scaramouche Jones, the hit anti-war satire The Madness of George Dubya and the acclaimed Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea, now turns his pen to the greatest story of all. Framed satirically against a contemporary ‘War on Terror’ backdrop, The Devil’s Passion offers a radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative, an audacious hell’s-eye view of the Passion of Christ from a master storyteller, by turns comic, gripping, poetic, pungent and heart-stirring. Directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson (Morecambe, Twelve Angry Men, Animal Farm), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (War and Peace, Holy Flying Circus, The Woman in Black ). The Devil’s Passion was adapted recently as a major new drama for BBC R3, starring David Suchet, broadcast in 2017, hailed in The Observer as a ‘magnificent performance’ in a ‘satirical, darkly comic, thoroughly stimulating production [which] raises many theological and ethical questions’ and in The Sunday Telegraph as a ‘vivid, comic and lyrical twist on familiar events.’

For press enquiries, contact Anna Arthur PR: 07973 264373

The Devil’s Passion

or Easter in Hell


Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA

5 mins. walk from Farringdon tube & rail

MON 15th APRIL 7pm                                              £10 all tickets

TUE 16th APRIL – FRI 19th APRIL 7.30pm        £15 full price/£12 concession

SAT 20th APRIL 2.30pm & 6.30pm                       £17 full price/£14 concession


TELEPHONE BOOKINGS: 0800 411 8881  #Devilspassion

Supported by Trevisan & Cuonzo

Waverley Learning

GLasS of Clerkenwell

Zaytoun CIC

‘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 

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

‘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

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) 

The Devil’s Passion is available for booking; contact



HB_TDP_013 STAPlaudits 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)