The Devil’s Passion, an extraordinary solo piece of theatre, comes to St Albans Cathedral during Lent 2017 to offer a radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative of the Passion of Christ. On Thursday 6th April award-winning playwright Justin Butcher will perform his one-man play in the stunning setting of the Nave of the Cathedral.
Described as “A serious and seriously fine piece of writing, a terrific performance” by the Church Times, The Devil’s Passion tells the Easter story from the perspective of a diabolical Secret Service Chief, striving to combat “extremism” in the Middle East in defence of our “freedoms”. Directed by Olivier award-winner Guy Masterson, the play is set in 33AD when Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny and Satan ascends from hell to stop him. Thus a dramatic battle begins for the soul of humanity.
This acclaimed production is currently being adapted as a major drama for BBC Radio with the much loved star of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet, in the title role and has been received to wide critical acclaim;
“Timely, beautifully written, ingenious, poignant – an impressively versatile performance, in which 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.” The Stage and Television Today, UK.
The Sub Dean of St Albans said: “When you get the likes of David Suchet and The Stage newspaper describing something as ‘remarkable’ and ‘forceful’ you know you’re on to a good thing! Seeing The Devil’s Passion is a brilliant way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter, and in the uniquely evocative space of the Cathedral, it promises to be an entertaining and inspiring performance.”
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