The Devil’s Passion
‘A serious and seriously fine piece of writing … a startlingly original presentation, a terrific performance, it crackles with great lines.’ The Church Times
‘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
‘There are not many actors currently alive who can play Jesus, and Judas, and the Devil, in the same performance and get away with it. And Justin Butcher does … with clarity, precision and a mastery of the craft. He is a privilege to watch. There is a reason the gospel is told again and again in media. There are subtle meanings, new voices, modern ideas to be read into it, old ideas which have new meaning … The Devil’s Passion is a great example of why we shouldn’t be afraid of doing it.’ **** Broadway Baby
33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him.
A battle begins - for the soul of humanity.
… 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’ …
Award-winning playwright, actor & human rights activist Justin Butcher, author of Scaramouche Jones, The Madness of George Dubya, Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea and Walking to Jerusalem, turns his pen to the greatest story of all - the Passion of Christ, set in a contemporary Occupied Palestine - and told by the Devil.
‘One of the most amazing evenings I’ve spent in the theatre.’ David Suchet
‘Radical & provocative: a devilishly clever retelling of the Easter Story.’ Mark Lawson, The Tablet
‘Magnificent, satirical, darkly comic, thoroughly stimulating production’ The Observer
‘A terrific performance, startlingly original … it crackles with great lines.’ The Church Times
‘Butcher dances these scenes exquisitely … breathtaking, fluid and haunting.’ British Theatre Guide
The venue is seating only. All seats are unreserved and are taken on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early before event door times if you have preferred seats. Due to the nature of our venue, please be prepared to queue for entry.
The venue is fully accessible, with use of ramps and the upstairs bar is accessible with use of a platform lift. Please email [email protected] with your accessibility requirements as soon as you purchase your ticket.
The bar is located on the first floor of the venue and will be open from the stated door time and remain open after the show.
Alcohol consumption will be limited to the bar area only, it is not permitted to take alcohol to the main chapel space. An array of soft drinks and snacks will also be available and are permitted in the main space. (Please note, no food or drink may be brought from outside into the venue. Water bottles must be emptied before entering the venue, with refilling stations available inside).